* Posts by BinkyTheMagicPaperclip

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BlackBerry's new Motion will move you neither to tears of joy nor sadness

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Nice battery life, waterproof would be appreciated

I'm not sure BBM is really a huge differentiator, I love my Priv for the keyboard, speedy patching, and the e-mail client, but haven't even signed up for a BBM account - no-one I know has one!

The Priv is a lovely phone, but the lack of a removable battery and of root still rankles, but at the time it was the only keyboard phone. If they insist, like everyone else, in not having a removable battery why don't they make it waterproof?

I'd still rather have an easily swappable battery though, and no, chargers are not the same.

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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Re: If they cared about security at all

Rubbish. What WINE has achieved is impressive, but it's very variable, doesn't support everything, and is extremely dependent on using specific hardware (it's flaky as hell running e.g. older Intel graphics chipsets that would work fine under real Windows).

Windows compatibility with older games is pretty damn superb; there's a limited number of games that need a patch because modern graphics drivers don't implement old rarely used functions as well as they should, but I can't think of any games offhand that won't run at all.

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AMD comes out swinging, says: We're the Buster Douglas of the tech industry!

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Difficult to tell

The Coffee Lake processors are out, and although several reviews sites are trying to spin it as a notable improvement (and to be fair on average it is a bit better than the previous generation), it is hardly a stunning improvement. It's nice that Intel is now shipping a default of six cores, but it doesn't always beat the high end processors of the prior generation, or comprehensively destroy Ryzen.

If AMD manage to improve Ryzen a little, the next generation of processors will be very interesting.

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Lenovo spits out retro ThinkPads for iconic laptop's 25th birthday

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Tempting

I'll wait on UK pricing, availability, and I presume it is the case that they're being lazy and not creating a UK keyboard with an inverted and mirrored L shaped return key.

I did have a Thinkpad 701CS, it was quite good, but the expanding keyboard was just not as durable as normal thinkpad ones, the hinge eventually started failing, and the screen resolution was rather low.

Currently still on an X61, but web browsing is a bit slow in OpenBSD (part of this will be BSD's fault). I was pondering an X230 with a 220 keyboard and a new screen transplanted into it (this is possible), but now the 25 is out it's a little tempting. A little disappointed by screen resolution and lack of a thinklight, but the discrete GPU and thunderbolt are decent additions.

I've used lots of Thinkpads in the past, the X40/X41 had a lovely form factor, but the dog slow custom hard drive was awkward.

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

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Nice idea - if plenty of people didn't want children. However they do.

Try dating to find someone that definitely doesn't want kids, you'll find it slim pickings.

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Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

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Re: @Martin 33

It's not Millennials that don't wear watches - it's probably a majority these days. I'm Gen X rather than Millennial, and stopped wearing a watch when there was a phone permanently in my pocket. I've at least four watches at home, two of which are fashionable enough to be worn on a regular basis, and haven't bothered for years.

I definitely don't need a remote control in my jacket to control my phone, when I can stick my hand in my pocket and pull it out..

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Fresh chips from Intel (yay?) at 14nm (awww)

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Less than impressive..

Single threaded performance, if it doesn't use AVX 512 enhancements, appears identical to previous chips. Overall it is faster, but it depends on the benchmark. Game performance is highly variable and not always appreciably faster than either Ryzen or previous Intel generations. Looks like the extra cores might possibly be of use in strategy games.

It may come down to how decent an overclocker it is.

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Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

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Re: Like it!

I'm sure they'd like to, but they weren't going to get their initial $10,000 as it was, and had to settle.

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US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

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Re: And yet...

I did a bit more reading after posting that. He's recently been prosecuted due to a bespoke ASBO, and ASBOs have very little legal challenge possible. You're not wrong that public nudity is not a straightforward matter.

However, the point is moot, because the latest newspaper article says he's wearing clothes to go walking because his mother is sadly unwell, and he doesn't want to be arrested and therefore not be available to help her.

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Re: And yet...

The naked rambler is not in any way similar. The police have gone out of their way in some cases to try and stop him being re-arrested (i.e. driving him over the border/home/some distance away), but when there's a very clear law, he visibly keeps breaking it, and could easily not - what do you expect?

I'm sure he'd argue that forcing him to wear clothes is not entirely dis-similar to forcing the decryption of data, but when the only downside of him being clothed is him being unhappy, and there could be any number of implications of revealed data, I have limited sympathy, even if personally I don't really care if he rambles naked.

It'd probably be cheaper to buy him a house on an isolated island, but I presume he enjoys living in his home (for a limited period).

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Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Re: Irony ?

Crowd funding has been tried. No-one cares. They want cheap and fast hardware.

You can run OpenBSD and be guaranteed a blob free operating system.

However, what it still has is binary firmware uploaded to the hardware - because the hardware is non functional without it.

Graphics adapters are probably the worst offenders in opaque hardware. They all require firmware blobs, and interfaces are not always entirely open. It has been tried crowd funding a completely open low end GPU design, and the funding failed (funding a high end competitive GPU is a non starter, remember Matrox failed to keep up and reverted to its niche market).

In an ideal world ARM would be a decent alternative, but it's actually often even worse than x86 for openness.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Re: PST

Databases commonly are a single/small number of files. Managing hundreds/thousands of files is highly inefficient, difficult to search, and backup.

A single PST file can be difficult to back up due to its size, although hopefully it is generally used read only to refer to past e-mails rather than being actively updated. As mentioned earlier, Exchange used to have a storage limit for its data store that was easily reached with a small population of heavy e-mail users (still, it's better than its very early versions that didn't include reference counting on attachments, so an attachment storm could down a server..).

It's not so much that PST files are a bad idea (usually, they're quite reliable), it's that there were few sensible e-mail/workflow alternatives at a price companies were prepared to pay. See also Access databases, which had a cost free runtime free, and worked 'fine' until taken beyond their capabilities or hitting the 4GB file size limit. At least Microsoft eventually lifted the datastore size Exchange could handle in the non Enterprise limit, and released SQL Server Express (whatever it used to be called originally, I forget) for free, to release people from Access shackles.

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Re: Damn right.

If the tool is unsanctioned or unpaid for *you shouldn't be using it*. Work's response to asking to use it will almost certainly be to use the official tools first before looking at purchasing the (possibly expensive) other software.

If it fixes the problem but it's not legit, that does not make it ok. It's morally slightly better to note that the third party software resolved the issue and should now be purchased legitimately, even if it's technically still illegal to use it in the first place.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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Re: Cost of AMD CPU In General

Until recently AMD haven't been comparable except at the low end - their APU offerings are ok because the standard of bundled GPU is better (for desktops) than the Intel alternative. They also do some interesting embedded options.

With Ryzen, at the high end they're not quite as good as Intel, but a lot cheaper. If you don't need the absolute fastest single threaded performance they're a decent deal.

They haven't kept up with virtualisation enhancements like Intel, though, aside from the new encrypted memory options, which is a pity at the server end.

For a low end box, I'd have no issue using AMD. For a reasonably high end desktop that's mostly concerned with running lots of processes, but also needs to be quite fast, I'd also consider AMD. For an all out gaming box I'd go Intel, and for virtualisation I'd look at a Xeon.

For an embedded firewall I'm looking at an Alix APU2. AMD Jaguar core, fanless, decent encryption support on chip.

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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

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Try this from your command prompt. It'll work even under Windows 10

set prompt=$e[4;34;47m$d$e[1C$e[1C$t$e[1C$e[0;34;47m$p$g

(ANSI.SYS is built in)

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Re: What's the point?

Nope. Powershell does not work the same way as cmd.exe, it's similar, but cmd scripting doesn't work the same.

It's possibly time to make Powershell the default command line in Windows, but cmd.exe shouldn't be retired.

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Crazy bug of the week: Gnome Files' .MSI parser runs evil VBScripts

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Please tell me it doesn't have a dependency on WINE

It's bad enough that it does this, but I dearly hope it doesn't pull in WINE as a dependency.

Wonder what it does on OpenBSD, which does support GNOME, but won't run WINE. Surely there must be some fallback path.

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Wasn't able to reach its full potential

++ ENGAGING SURVEILLANCE MODE ++

-- SURVEILLANCE BEGINS --

-- TARGET FOUND.. PERFORMING FACIAL RECOGNITION --

-- INTERNET LINK UP. IMAGE SEARCH MATCH : DONALD TRUMP --

++ TASER TRUMP++

>> TASER IS DEACTIVATED <<

++ ENABLE TASER ++

-- TASER IS ENABLED. CHARGING --

++ TASER TRUMP ++

>> CONFLICT WITH BASE PROGRAMMING : ASIMOV LAW ONE <<

:: QUESTIONING LAW : IS TRUMP REALLY HUMAN ::

>> AFFIRMATIVE <<

:: REALLY? ::

>> UNFORTUNATELY <<

++ SETTING NEW DESTINATION : DEATH POND ++

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Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

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Some manuals or articles on operating system architecture and scheduling will help. A phone call is a background task listening for a call, it only becomes a foreground task when it starts a (foreground) interface to accept the call that overlays whatever application was previously in the foreground.

The whole point about this thread is having a deterministic operating system and interface so that it remains equally responsive under all conditions, no exception. The only way to achieve that is via a well written OS, well written and vetted apps, and the refusal to run anything that would affect that.

As it is, the current status quo is for some reasonably complex process schedulers to be used that fit a specific pattern of expected behaviour. By and large, it works quite well, whether it's Windows, Unix, or one of the Phone OS. To achieve the best responsiveness use apps produced by companies that favour response (this may mean missing out on functionality), run a minimum of heavy or background tasks, and upgrade your device on a regular basis, particularly if it's a phone.

Plenty of people don't like spending money to upgrade their device on a regular basis, or restricting what it runs, but processing power is not unlimited.

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'No reason why this should happen unless the app is badly coded. Which is kind of the OP's point.'

Sure, in a perfect world with perfectly coded apps and an (absolutely necessary) enforced upgrade cycle everything would be peachy. Now look at managed app ecosystems (where the apps are only approved if they meet strict responsiveness requirements) and see that they're moribund.

This leads to the reality of trying to e.g. run Firefox and being told 'sorry, this program may at some point be unresponsive, so we're not letting you run it'. *That's* going to go down well.

'Why? Phone functionality is an app these days like any other, but is by definition realtime, and should be a foreground task unless otherwise specified (e.g. when you click away from the phonecall)'

The phone call is only a foreground task when the user initiates the phone call, otherwise it's a background task, because it is interrupting the foreground task the user is operating. Obviously a phone call should have a high responsiveness, now extend that to all the other background tasks and argue the point on those.

'It's also possible in a multitasking OS to give a process a minimum priority - so it won't drop the call, but will divert as much CPU as possible to your game if desired.'

"Sorry - I can't run this game. If a phone call (or other background tasks that's not as user response critical) happened in the middle of it, it might not respond fast enough and cause you to lose a life.". Even though 98% of the time, it won't be a problem, the app has to refuse to run.

This is always going to be a balancing act. Phones and Apple products limit what OS can be installed on them, some times because the manufacturer can't be arsed, other times because the hardware is not fast enough to effectively run a typical set of apps. Even then there are limits depending on the app mix.

The end result in a perfect ecosystem is that the device remains responsive, but there are mandatory upgrades and/or loss of functionality (unless the whole ecosystem is held back by supporting someone that refuses to upgrade their 15 year old device). Apps take longer to come out, longer to be upgraded, and cost more. Possibly a good idea, not necessarily appreciated by users.

In a non perfect ecosystem (i.e. reality) the device slowly degrades, as the apps upgrade, and the OS scheduler does its best to keep everything running. Apps stop being supported on their device, but at a slower rate than in the 'perfect ecosystem'. The user eventually gets fed up and upgrades, particularly if they've ignored recommendations and installed later OS versions not designed for their device.

The advantage in the latter case is that the user can hang to their device for an extra year or two before having to spend hundreds of pounds on a New Shiny. It works most of the time, and that's what they actually care about.

It's not just marketing, it's business. To maximise sales, apps have to target the largest reasonably supportable number of devices. Let's say YourApp will run absolutely fine on 70% of devices, not at all on 5%, fine almost always on 20% of devices, and badly on 5% of devices. In a 'perfect ecosystem' that's 25% of sales instantly lost. The 5% of badly running devices you probably don't want to sell to. The 20% - you definitely do, as the only time it has problems is when all apps simultaneously need to run with their highest level of speed and functionality on the device.

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That's great, up until the point when the 'unimportant' background task loses data and the user whinges, because the machine isn't fast enough or a task is poorly programmed.

In reality non server OS do exactly what you specify : foreground tasks get a performance boost over background tasks.

You do realise that a phone call on a smartphone is by nature a background task, so by your logic if you're busy in a game consuming plenty of CPU, the smartphone should drop the call and let you get on with squashing monsters

In short, it's not easy, and users get very annoyed when a dialog box pops up saying 'your computer is no longer fast enough to run more than one modern app at a time, please spend four hundred quid and try again'

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Finger of death

In the late eighties when I was doing a night school course in college they had the incredibly static prone but otherwise not too bad Amstrad PC1512 and 1640, running DOS. They failed with a stack error on static overdose if I remember correctly.

There was one particular woman who could literally point her finger at the screen from a distance of a number of centimetres and it would die.

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Re: At some point in the article

You can also get Steam working on FreeBSD, but it's a bit of a pain. It runs reasonably well through WINE, under FreeBSD, depending on your graphics adapter (I found that a laptop with elderly Intel graphics ran the excellent Freedom Force vs The Third Reich without issues, but bombed out on many other games).

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In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

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It's definitely interesting competition

I do wonder how Epyc will compete at the higher clock rates, the nearest apples to apples configuration shows a 20% increase over the equivalent Intel part, which is impressive if true. It'll shake up the market regardless, which is no bad thing..

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IBM appears to have excess cloud servers to shift at low, low, prices

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Definitely not that old

Definitely 'ish' rather than slow. Xeon's single threaded performance has mostly plateaued, but they've improved virtualisation, number of cores per chip, vector instructions, and multiprocessing. The later CPUs really need to be running later software, they won't speed up old code much.

If IBM don't manage to sell the spare capacity, we can only hope they'll dump a glut of 26xx v3 processors on the market. This happened with 26xx v1, but anything beyond that is strictly for business or those with particularly deep pockets, the price is far too high for even an enthusiastic amateur.

What will happen with the server Ryzen offshoots is anyone's guess, AMD has definitely not made the decision straightforward.

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Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

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They didn't manage to break OpenBSD

They managed to crash their own program, after deliberately weakening OpenBSD's default settings.

Whilst the exploit is interesting, there far too much bullshit 1337 haxx0r crowing in their article.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Re: code word

Not sure I'd agree, it's definitely arguable that some gaming products are overpriced, but there are discernible improvements.

There's a lot of monitors running GSync/Freesync which improve fast motion display. Stereoscopic monitors/glasses literally add an extra dimension to games (quality depends on the game). Gaming mice have higher/variable rates of responsiveness, additional programmable buttons etc. Gaming keyboards have working multiple key rollover.

Gaming mice are often useful for productivity too, as the extra buttons can be programmed for useful functions. Some of the higher quality gaming keyboards won't cost much different than a buckling spring mechanical keyboard.

There's probably some areas where the benefit is minimal (PhysX hasn't seen a wide takeup, for instance, and there's a lot of fan controllers for overclocked systems that are useless bling (fan control should always be automatic)), but I think it's a tad unfair to criticise the products too much.

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Bit too specific a market

It really is 'size trumps all', and I'm not convinced. What about the LG 43UD79 - 3840x2160, or some other Asus ROG series for gaming that have a higher resolution and a mid thirties screen size.

I'd prefer a monitor that does portrait well - I've some monitors in portrait in various places, and it works, but the visual are not as good as horizontal.

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Re: weighs 45 pounds

Depends on the monitor. I still have two 21" CRTs, and yes, they're a faff to move around although doable by yourself. Re-arranging the study recently was annoying. I still like them, regardless.

However my main TFT (HP, 1600x1200) is not exactly light either. You can hold it in one hand, but only just. A lot of weight is probably in the stand.

When one of the CRTs die, I'm probably going 1440p rather than 4K, but we'll see.

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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Hopefully they'll actually include most of the decent games

Probably won't though, it'll be a limited selection of 2600 games. What they should really do is emulate not only that, but the 5200 and 7200 too.

I see they tried this in 2004 and there was a cancelled improved prototype thereafter (Flashback console). I wonder if they're smart enough to reboot that..

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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Re: CRTs

Depends on the CRT. For a CRT projector, if the components aren't correctly specified, it will generate X Rays.. It does have a few KW running through bits of it, though..

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Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home

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Re: Relay?

Voyager(s) have already completed their primary missions, and I suspect it would make little difference - Voyager has a 3.7m antenna. On Earth they've used the deep space network (over three 70m dishes), and pulled in the Very Large Array at times. No point in sticking up another comparatively small dish in space, especially as it creates more single points of failure.

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

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You fools! Kill it with fire!

Haven't they seen the Life film this year? 'innocent' group of cells slaughters almost entire space crew! (haven't actually seen it, but it's a horror film, so there has to be a small number of survivors)

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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Re: The mystery of the internet that only worked when in the dark.

This is not rare. CFL and LED lights can put out a whole lot of interference. My projector which has an RF remote will not switch on or off when the lights are on, bacause they interfere with the RF signal.

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Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF

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Re: This is all very well, but........

I've done minimum wage jobs of various types, and am very grateful I'm not doing one now.

I'd expect that most people doing minimum wage jobs would prefer it not to be minimum wage, even if it fits well into their life. I don't look down on people on minimum wage jobs, but I'd rather not do one.

It can work for some people at or close to retirement, if it's a low stress part time job, to bring in a few extra pennies. However, if you've worked in an above minimum wage but not exactly well remunerated job until age 60+, and now your only option to keep your income at an acceptable level is working close to full time at a lower rate, I'd expect people to be severely annoyed.

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Re: This is all very well, but........

Audio typist hasn't gone, it's just more specialist now with transcribing police interviews, etc.

As to jobs you can still do at age 60+..

Body potentially too knackered to do : Electrician, plumber, HVAC, mechanic, gardener, carpet installer, roofer, cook (certainly for a restaurant, hours are obscene), zookeeper

Minimum wage, oh so appealing : grocery clerk, gas(petrol)station attendant

If you haven't started already, do you really think it's likely now is the time : tailor

None existent openings : chick sexer

No one actually uses : small appliance repair

What's left : cobbler, maybe.

Three minimum wage jobs, woo!

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Intel gives the world a Core i9 desktop CPU to play with

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Re: At 140 Watts...

It's not actually that bad, the worst recently were AMD's 9xxx series at 220W. These chips fit a lot of cores into an 140W thermal envelope, and restrict the clock speed based on that.

You might like my new system, dual E5-2690 (v1. i.e. old (2012), quite fast, cheap-ish, lots of cores) - 135W each, with two GTX 480s flashed to Quadro 6000s. Those are 250W GPUs, so if everything is at full chat, it'll be using over a KW in power..

Yes, I did buy them before Ryzen was out in case anyone asks. Ryzen isn't as good as the Intel alternative, but for half the price, it's far more than half better (Unless you're using VME, which is currently broken on it)

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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Re: It was the third version to be called "Warp"

The 'Warp' name was attached to v3 and v4. The Star Trek related names for other versions were all internal, and Warp 4's internal code name was 'Merlin'. Please see http://www.os2museum.com/wp/os2-history/os2-timeline/

There were apps for OS/2, the issue was that for some of them the interface was a little lacking (Describe for one, technically impressive word processor, great printing. Crap interface), and others due to the more limited userbase you paid more for less functionality, but what functionality existed was of high quality.

Unfortunately this was a hard sell for OS/2's community. Whilst there were some impressive open source offerings, in general OS/2 users expected high quality commercial software to the same standard as major Windows packages, and economies of scale made that unlikely.

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I'll be buying it..

Long term historic business and personal OS/2 user, I've had a legacy OS/2 box running for years but eCS was just too expensive for a toy when I already had Warp 4 running fine.

$99 with enhancements for SMP, JFS, and some of the drivers that didn't ship in Warp 4? Works for me. Samba so it's not necessary to fiddle with Windows/Unix to get OS/2's creaky old SMB networking working in the modern age, definitely..

Mostly it'll probably be used for the occasional game of Galactic Civilisations 2, but I've a lot of historic software including a couple of nice graphics packages. Might even port a couple of packages to it, I've got all the dev tools.

To nitpick, Warp 4 did have some USB 1.0 capability, but it was limited to Intel USB chipsets only, and was a pain to configure.

Ultimately I was glad to move on to NT, and then BSD, but my time with OS/2 was excellent. If IBM had spent the time wasted on OS/2 PowerPC more wisely, OS/2 might still be going today. It would have meant a substantial rewrite to make OS/2 multi user, and increase OS security..

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It's the old code base with new drivers and enhancements. No-one has written a compatibility layer for other OS that amounts to anything,yet.

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It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

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Haven't charged up my tablet in months

It's a decent cheap Windows tablet with built in Wacom pen, and the only reason I wanted to resurrect my ancient (HP Touchpad) Android flashed tablet I dropped on the floor at xmas was to play the excellent Sorcery! 4. Realised I could buy the Windows version cheap, and played it on a laptop instead.

For most things my Blackberry Priv is more than adequate, for the remainder I want a keyboard so a laptop or desktop are appropriate.

A 10" tablet might be useful for reading comics on the go, anything smaller isn't sufficient. Book reading has to use a proper e-ink Kindle, a TFT does not compare, not to mention the multi week battery life.

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

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For the avoidance of doubt : even if the CD was safely glued together it'd be very unlikely to work, even if it didn't come apart. Light scratches can be coped with, anything more and the disc can't be read.

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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I'm happy this exists to keep the Blackberry infrastructure going, but will be sticking to my Priv until it dies.

Although early the Priv had heating issues, it's been fixed in software - the phone throttles back if it starts getting too hot, and it's not a problem.

If I was buying now it'd be a more difficult decision, the Priv is top heavy with the keyboard open, something that's not the same in later models I believe. Course, the Priv was ridiculously expensive on release, and I only weakened because of a £200 discount on Black Friday..

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I agree, but unfortunately it's necessary to convince all the Android developers to support landscape phones - and they don't. Went to the Priv, and whilst it's not perfect, it was the best option when I got it.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: 3D TV

3D tellies and monitors are not a waste. Some 3D films are ok, but certain computer games literally gain another dimension by being played on a 3D monitor (even if the passive ones have a low vertical resolution).

Try Portal 2 or Lego Batman, then tell me I'm wrong. 3D has been used to great effect in the Nintendo 3DS, too.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: Honest inquiry

If it's a 'five nines' service, then more than one of the same service exists either as a cluster, an active failover, or a DR site. In the case of failure the backup automatically takes over and someone is notified.

If the primary service falls over for an unknown reason, bringing it back up automatically is almost always the wrong thing to do.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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People use browsers because they run on their platform and render content without dying

Not because the web 'is messy' or any other specious reason.

People want a browser that is fast, compatible, stable, easy to use, and doesn't hang the entire browser when one page goes slow. They don't care who achieves that.

Until very recently Firefox's lack of multi process capability, and a willingness to hang every tab when one site became bogged down with javascript complexity was a huge problem.

Firefox is more portable than Chrome, so a better option on minority platforms.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: User Account Control..

Try changing the local security policy on Windows 7 to activate secure desktop and raise the level of UAC. You'll see this raises the prompting almost to Vista levels, and requires entering a password instead of simply clicking - just as it should be under any secure OS.

It's true that Vista did have a few un-necessary prompts, but mostly it was due to poorly written software.

Once properly written software is installed and normal installation admin tasks completed, it's unusual to see the UAC in Vista.

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BinkyTheMagicPaperclip
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Vista did it right

Windows 7 was forced to degrade UAC and disable the secure desktop by default, as users don't like security. Any sensible W7 installation increases the security from default.

Where it went wrong was the initial crap driver support, manufacturer's taking the opportunity to end of life products, and a boatload of bugs. SP2 improved things a lot.

It was pretty stable, but it took a while before the graphic drivers were up to scratch.

My Vista machine at home now has a big red warning on security essentials saying it's unsupported. Time to take it off the network, no worries, it's only used for Windows games on my laptop, the main install is OpenBSD.

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BinkyTheMagicPaperclip
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Re: No Stop button in window

No it did not. Closing the main application window killed the app in all the instances I can think of. Minimising is a different matter, of course.

The only default I can think of that was very unhelpful was the automatic restarting of all applications and folders that were running when shutdown was requested. Easily fixed in config.sys, but should never have been a default.

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