* Posts by skalamanga

50 posts • joined 2 Aug 2012

Lenovo kicks down door of MWC, dumps a stack of sexy new ThinkPads


Two words that just do not sit well together are 'sexy' and 'thinkpad'


The chips are down: Now Microsoft blames Intel CPU supply shortages for dips in Windows, Office sales


I'm moving away from windows for the simple reason that I cannot work with an operating system that will not let me decide if and when updates are installed!

Florida man stumbles on biggest prime number after working plucky i5 CPU for 12 days straight


Sounds like Florida man finally got his shit together...


Google: All right, screw it, from this Christmas, Chrome will block ALL adverts on dodgy sites


Can they block cookie warnings and George overlays as well?

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?


Reported as a bug

Issue: the windows 10 web browser download tool is broken

Steps to recreate: open browser download tool, navigate to browser website of choice, run installer.

What should happen?: browser download tool should not be a whiny bitch about being ignored and not taken seriously.

What does happen?: browser download tool is a whiny bitch about being ignored and not taken seriously.

Xeon-bashing Tachyum claims its Prodigy CPU will run AI jobs as well as traditional apps


I also have an unfinished cpu design that will be faster and more feature rich than a Xeon...

Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Runtime installers were built to fail


Why the feck do the msvcrt libraries, amongst other things, not come pre installed?!?

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.


Screw plugs, I want magnetic contacts

Something like hdbaset or thunderbolt, but using pogo pins and a magnetic locator. Make it flat and round with 4 pairs of terminals so it can connect in four different axes and handshake each pair on connection. Put a hole in the centre so it can be permanently locked in plac with a screw.

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing


Give me crostini for Windows apps so I can run solidworks on a chromebook, I'll be happy

Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered


Re: The most important conclusion...

Well, with that attitude!


Wasn't that an Ozzy Osbourne trick? Except he was drinking red wine in pint glasses.


Re: What?

So it has to be 'exactly' 14 units per week? If I go tee total for three weeks then throw all 56 units down my gullet on the last Friday night of the month, does that work?


Re: One little pill?

Drinking more than your doctor "says" he drinks

Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere


I have the 8th gen dex dock, I really wish Samsung would have done it the way the Huawei mate pro did it by using just a cable.

I bought a generic type c dongle with hdmi, usb, ethernet and type c pd passthrough which I use more than the dex dock.

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes


I frequently write my shopping list while driving home from work. Since it's illegal to touch my phone while driving, and writing with a pencil and paper is frowned upon while behind the wheel, adding things using my smartwatch is a solution I find worth while.

Clean up this hot sticky facial-recog mess for us, Microsoft begs politicos


When your headline writer suddenly changes direction...


AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs


Re: But none of this answers the question...


No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?


It's obfiously a variation on Nokia's Side Talking

Remember the N-Gage?


No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging


Re: What else IS there?

I was hoping that by now, someone would have created a microsd card with a pocket routed out of the back that would fit a nano sim

Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR


Google is known to cause cancer by the state of California...


Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons


I still see zero information on any carriers supporting sim twinning in the uk


Whoever will offer me unlimited tethering while roaming through Europe, the americas and Oceania, for a reasonable price and ensure the bandwidth is acceptable will get my next contract. Until then, I have zero reason to change.

British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update


Re: More inclusive?

*sandwich cream

Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full


if I am ever forced to give information without the option opting out, I will try my damned hardest to make suure that information is invalid!

NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly


I'm surprised it took them this out to catch on to the benefits of percussive maintenance techniques

Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance


Re: Evil by Design

"Take from the honest, hard working lower classes, give to the freeloaders and criminals"

- ©Labour, probably.


Re: Did you knew ?

Personal data available to that sandbox depends on what privelidges you granted it, like, maybe it requested access to your contacts, or maybe superuser access...

Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you


Start at the basics, stop forcing reboots to install updates and allow driver pinning

Paperback writer? Microsoft slaps patents on book-style gadgetry with flexible display


Paperback *Reader. I don't see any mention of a stylus.

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs


i'll use whatever monday to friday words I choose you bunch of monkey fighters!

Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around


The huawei mate 10 pro does exactly this, also allowing the phone to be used at the same time.

There's no reason a type c mini usb hub with type c passthrough for power and hdmi/dp out couldn't become a standard.


Two fingers for a right click, and three for a middle click are both second nature to me on my surface pro 3 trackpad. If a tablet has a large enough screen it could also work on that just fine.

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


Re: Pi vs Mac Mini

I never understood the apples to oranges comparison. As far as i'm concerned, two fruit are relatively similar.

I prefer to compare apples to corduroy, or the density of the atmosphere at sea level to oranges or somthing...


We've been through this! Approximate pi day is 22/7, i'm not accepting pi with only three significant figures!


Re: Fantastic!

I have one set up as a pihole and another as a deluge/flexget client, any more useful setups? I have three more doing nothing...

Microsoft's Teams lights solitary candle, hipsters don't notice


Meanwhile, i still can't see my company diary on the mobile version of outlook.

Google Flutter hits beta: Another go at cross-platform mobile dev


What I'm waiting for is a decent IDE on android so I can continue to develop on the device I'm testing on.

PC not dead, Apple single-handedly propping up mobe market, says Gartner


Re: Usable business PCs

I was waiting for a 21:9 laptop, with a hexadecimal numpad and a trackpad next to that.


Re: Not rocket science

I tried but I can't get the solidworks installer to work

From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work


Re: OpenDNS at the firewall

Or set up a pi-hole https://pi-hole.net


Re: auto play videos

I find that ads don't happen on YouTube through the webpage, but are excessive in the app, with every second of third video showing a 5 second ad and long videos showing several at intervals.

This is why I disabled the YouTube app on my phone.

I'm still waiting for YouTube red in the UK, as this is supposed to come free with Google music and make YouTube ad free.


AD blocking policy

My policy on advertisers is that if I see an ad I'll automatically add the product to my own personal 'do not purchase' list and purchase from one of their competitors.

With this in mind, companies should be glad I run aggressive adblocking software as without, it would be guaranteed that I not purchase from them.

I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word


I thought linkedin was just a spambot until my first encounter with it when they purchased and completely destroyed the pulse newsreader app.

Having said that, it took me a while to realise that candy crush was actually a game and not just extremely annoying malware spam

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing


Re: No chip spice, no sale

Is that anything like the 'chicken salt' the Aussies put on their fish and chips?


Personally, I couldn't live with the shame of eating a pizza under 12 inches in diameter.

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?


I take my tea without milk, I'm not going to stew the crap out of it, then water it down with milk!

Everyone knows the original line on star trek was “computer, tea, Yorkshire, stewed“, but it was changed for the American audience

Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at


Re: Irrelevant Relevance

I remember getting bombarded with email ads for car stereos, by a site I just purchased a car stereo from. Logic just escapes some people


Re: Can't remember the last time I...

My personal policy on advertising is that I don't ignore it, I make a note of it. If I ever need the advertised product, I'll hunt around for the advertisers competitors and purchase from them instead.

It is therefore, in an advertisers best interest that I keep my adblocking router fully up to date, as there will be a 100% greater possibility that I may purchase their goods or services if I have not been subjected to their ads.

Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes


Hope Huawei does it with the Mate 10 pro, as their desktop implementation doesn't lock the phone down while in use. Using the phone as a trackpad makes the experience so much more complete.


Google opens up pay-by-bonk Wallet to all credit cards


Really? If you think the cloud is overrated, you're using it wrong

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