* Posts by alexmcm

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You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

alexmcm

Re: Again I have to ask...

I get the paranoia and the downvotes for people using the line 'I've nothing to hide so why worry'. But seriously, we have one of these in the Kitchen. We have kids who wander in and out of the kitchen constantly, we never ever discuss anything private/financial or seditious there where kids could overhear us. All it gets to hear are discussions about food, and the kids day in school or pets or something, all truly boring family chatter.

So if google does spy and find out what we are planning for dinner tomorrow, so be it. They're much more likely to find out interesting stuff about me by watching my online browsing, not ploughing through millions of hours of speech-to-text trying to find one nugget of info.

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

alexmcm

Re: The reasons for the iPhone sales slump were threefold

You apparently don't read Private Eye. They know how to flog a joke to death. They still publish a picture of Andrew Neil with an Asian dancer in a vest whenever anyone asks, with a knowing wink... yeah I know, that joke is from the 80's, 90's, the original joke is lost in the mists of time.

I used to know what it was about...

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

alexmcm

Re: That new HQ

There is a theory that a lot of large companies that fail can trace their downfall back to when they moved in to their fancy new headquarters. It is a mixture of management being way too up themselves and self congratulatory, losing connection with their original base, living in a new corporate bubble with groupthink, wasting shareholders money, new environment stifling innovation etc....

The most recent one that springs to mind is RBS, who moved in to their lovely new $350 million headquarters in Gogarburn in 2006, and we know how they did.

alexmcm

Re: That new HQ

It was Steve Jobs (and Jony Ive's)idea:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Park

"The idea for a new headquarters was conceived by Jobs and Apple's chief designer Jony Ive.[12] Ive was Apple's immediate choice to design the project, going on to work very closely together with Norman Foster across five years, designing every detail, from the glass panels to the elevator buttons."

alexmcm

Re: Didn't know that - which one?

According to the article it affects 3.5 million residents of the UK. Whether they are UK nationals or not, I'd still say it is an important government service.

Flea market Xiaomi makes mad dash for growth

alexmcm

Yeah but...

they do make some brilliant stuff. I have their Amazfit Bip watch and the battery life on that thing is incredible. It only drops about 2% battery charge a day. I have gone over a month without charging it, love it. And from what I've read of the Mi8 and Poco they get great reviews as well.

While you are probably right, and the company are going to burn brightly and then burn out, it is interesting to watch, and hopefully they inspire other companies to get a grip on things like battery life for smartwatches. It is such a relief to go from a Gear Fit 2 (which needed charging every day) to a Amazfit, which needs charging every five or six weeks.

Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'

alexmcm

Hadn't used it in years

And just recently started it up to to try an find an old acquaintances contact details. What the hell have Microsoft done to it. I couldn't find a damn thing for the first 10 minutes, I was hitting senseless buttons and getting led down blind alleys. Eventually found the contacts I was looking for, copied them, and uninstalled it.

Wow, they really trashed what used to be a neat little voip program.

A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

alexmcm

" I still just grab mobile software from the Pirate Bay. A much more user friendly experience."

I don't like with app stores taking 30%, but seriously, what is user friendly about downloading it from piratebay?

-Get torrent or magnet ink

-Download unverified software.

-Unpack software.

-Scan software.

-Sideload software to phone.

- Install software

Or with an app store

- Tap Install

- Tap Open

I think they do win the user friendly argument. That doesn't mean it's worth 30%.

alexmcm

Re: Agree we need more app stores to improve competition

I hope that was a joke.

Oracle will charge you per core, so good luck if you've got an octa-core phone, that'll be 240% thanks.

Make Sammy Great Again: Surprise – Samsung chucks cash at manufacturing

alexmcm

Re: Flagship just too expensive

I have had the Samsung A3 2017 for the last year and it does admirably. It meets all my criteria, it's not stupidly large (5' I think), it's battery can very comfortably last 1 day, and 2 at a stretch, it can be rooted, takes an microsd card and it is responsive. It cost about $500 AUD ( roughly 300 pounds). I can only think of 1 improvement (a replaceable battery).

The 'flagship' phones all fail more than one of those requirements, and charges 3 times the price for the privilege.

Better late than never: nbn™ DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade starts

alexmcm

Could NBN just please forget about me. I'm on Telstra cable, and perfectly happy with my 130MB download, and 2 MB upload speeds.. Please just piss off, I see you're planning to trash my connection around 2019, but just don't. It is fine, fuck off

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

alexmcm

Re: 16MB?

Had 3 weeks' trying to cram a certain UK bank's upgraded DOS front end teller system on their PCs using every trick I could think of. It finally came down to the load order of the different modules. Finally got it to load reliably on every PC.

Gave myself a big pat on the back and was moved on to a different project. I was only told later that they didn't use it, and were instead upgrading to XP. I think they were running out of compatible network cards for their 15 year old branch PCs, and decided to bite the bullet and upgrade the hardware.

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

alexmcm

Re: Oops!

That's my phone, and it is great, does everything you'd want from a phone. It also takes pretty good snaps. As I'm not a professional photographer, that is all I need. Stick a 128gb microsb in it, it's also your mobile media centre. Great battery life, usually above still 50% at the end of the day.

If I come in to some money, my next phone would be a Sony compact xyz whatever they call their next small shiny thing, or else the Samsung A3 2019. But can't think of a reason to upgrade yet.

First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

alexmcm

That has put me right off flying

Having just read all the comments on this thread, and then reading up about ETOPS and NEO, sweet jesus, I never realised the risk I was taking flying long haul.

So if I fly a ETOPS-180 certified plane from Sydney to LA, and it's engine bursts into flame over the pacific, then that's ok, it's only 3 hours to go to LA. So I get to sit and watch a a flaming engine for 3 hours until it lands. Can you imagine those 3 hours? Will the fuel explode? Will the engine rip into the it? It's all ok, it is ETOPS-180 certified. Oh look! Here comes the drinks trolley.

alexmcm

Re: A380 is great, so silent inside! Scrap those noise old B747 and B777!!

"Sadly customers do not seem to care about their experience and always choose cheaper one, which happens to be with more denser seating."

It is not like we have a choice! Once you have chosen your start and destination, and the dates to travel, you are lucky if you have more than 2 airline choices. After rejecting the 'I'd never fly with them' airlines, you are usually left with 1 or 2, and they don't even tell you which plane make/type/config you will be flying on.

The first time I know what plane I'm flying on is usually when I go to book my seat online.

nbn™ CEO didn't mean to offend gamers, just brand them unwelcome bandwidth-hogs

alexmcm

Enron anyone?

Made me think of of the excellent idea from Enron of trading in bandwidth from low usage areas to high usage areas. If it's peak time in Sydney, just buy bandwidth from Perth. Problem solved.

https://youtu.be/qnWbI9RzJqY

Tech’s big lie: Relations between capital and labor don't matter

alexmcm

Re: Where did it go wrong?

Have you not given the answer away in your own first point?

" IT people being both part of a new industry on an upward path, being paid very good money, didn't see that unionised labour was needed"

Correct, we didn't need or want a Union. I started at Lotus on a very nice wage, and no union, and no wish to be in one. I knew the deal. I had a limited lifespan in the industry. I think we all knew that. Some climbed the slippery pole into upper management, but most of us were happy to earn the big money, do the work, and accept, that the time would come when some new 20 somethings would replace us.

That just happened to be me recently, some outsourcing company has replaced me, that's fine. It was depressing doing the handover to a kid fresh out of Uni though.

But I always new I'd done a deal with Mammon, and prepared for it. That's just how the new system works. Take the big bucks and prepare for a shorter working life.

For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018

alexmcm

Re: L380 Yoga - Goldylocks MacBook Pro with ugly buttons

"keyboard with a cl1t nobody uses"

We always referred to it as the nipple. What a sheltered life I've led....

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

alexmcm

Re: People will forget...

"The people who care about such things (currently), are a tiny majority."

Hey even I tiny majority will do. So given they have 2.2 billion accounts, a tiny majority of 1.1 billion +1 people all quiting their accounts will do nicely, for a start.

US Supremes take a look at Microsoft's Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start

alexmcm

Just one thought I had. It was America that originated the internet infrastructure, and so they still have a 'we own this' attitude. In a sense they're saying, if you don't like it, go build your own internet... dare you.

Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

alexmcm

"it's the evolution of the piss poor Lotus F1 car that Renault bought a few years ago."

Yep piss poor Lotus F1 team, in the financial sense only. They couldn't afford to keep Raikkonen for the whole of 2014, but in 2013.

Lotus finished 4th in constructors championship 2013, and Raikkonen won in Australia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_FIA_Formula_One_World_Championship

Then they started running out of money for 2014 and 15 and were bought by Renault. How are Renault/Microsoft doing these days? Last year 9th, this year 7th so far.

Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

alexmcm

Re: Are you sure?

"Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) requires an iPhone 6 or later with iOS 11 or later. Apple Watch and iPhone service provider must be the same. Not available with all service providers. Roaming is not available outside your carrier network coverage area. Wireless service plan required for cellular service. Contact your service provider for more details. Check www.apple.com/watch/cellular for participating wireless carriers and eligibility."

You have to read that with the hurried mumbled legal disclaimer voice heard at the end of adverts:

"Available only at participating restaurants, check local media for details. May contain peanuts. Requires iPhone 6 or later."

Commonwealth Bank: Buggy software made us miss money laundering

alexmcm

"Given the Australian addiction to identity checking for almost everything (even worse, IMHO, than the UK"

You are not wrong there. When I first got to Australia 13 years ago, i went to Hardly Normals to buy a digital tv receiver. I was paying cash, and they asked for ID and proof of address. As I didn't have a permanent address yet or utility bills on me, there was a big debate amongst staff whether they could sell it to me.

They did eventually after much discussion. I still hate going to Harvey Normans, even for the simplest thing like an ink cartridge they want all your details.

Smoking hot Galaxy S8 and storage sales fire Samsung to flaming brilliant quarter

alexmcm

Tech company has business model not based of selling adverts shocker

It's getting a bit strange all these companies building huge profits from just selling advertising, e.g. facebook, google, and just about every game app developer. So it's quite refreshing to hear it is possible to make money actually making tangible things, not just pushing adverts in peoples faces. Personally quite tempted to get the Note 7 Fan edition, but just worried about airlines freaking out about allowing Note 7's on board.

And What is the story with game apps pushing adverts, which are usually just for other game apps, which, if you install them, push more adverts for other game apps. I assume they are all paying each other for showing each others ads, but at some point, somehow, they have to actually get money? Is it the one in 10, genuine ad that appears, usually for a car maker or fast food joint. that greases the whole game app to game app advertising model? Or do they make enough from in-app purchases? I don't think so, as they seem way more focused on making you watch ads than in-app purchases.

Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

alexmcm

Re: MENSA = underachiever

"I am sure that there a any number of people with above average intelligence that can also get high results in MENSA tests"

Yeah, about 50% of them.

Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

alexmcm

Or do what they did

I remember a photo site that replaced the original image with a picture of a large bosomed topless old drunk women sitting on a park bench. I first saw it on a rather formal forum and had to alert the user that their post now showed said picture instead of what she meant it to show.

Certainly worked, she had changed her old post in an hour.

ZX Spectrum reboot firm slapped with £52k court costs repayment order

alexmcm

Re: Well then

I understand your scepticism, but the Gemini Psion thing looked too good to pass up, so I have gambled on it. The Gemini people send out regular updates, and all seems to be proceeding so far. They have their manufacturer in China lined up, and are passing on the designs to them next week, so they still think they are on schedule for a release this year.

Google offers devs fat bribes, hopes to lure them to its Home

alexmcm

Same here, I couldn't imagine using it. Except I got one for my birthday, and it is now constantly in use by the family in the kitchen as a radio, an argument settler, info center, weather person, calculator, and podcast player. It's one of those things you don't know you need till you get it. Now the kids are wanting one for their bedroom.

Microsoft plans summer CRM war opener against Salesforce

alexmcm

Do you know these people ...Your Wife, Your Brother-in-Law

I was forced to created a linkedin in account about 5 years ago for work. It has the absolute minimum in it, but now I get almost daily e-mails from linkedin telling me that an ex-colleague has endorsed the skill set of another person that I don't know or care about.

And the repeated e-mail asking "do you know <wife's name> <brother-in-laws name> <ex-colleague>?"

Yes, yes, well done. Your annoying algorithm has figured out who my wife and brother-in-law are without us ever contacting via linkedin, but do you have to ask me every week? Or are you just going to keep asking until I crack and scream OF COURSE I F**KING KNOW THEM!

Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

alexmcm

Re: $600

Given that is their RRP, I'm guessing they'll be widely available for $470, which isn't bad for a pocket computer with a real keyboard and phone functionality.

alexmcm

Re: It was the software that made the Psions so great

Those were my thoughts exactly. I don't just want a Psion lookalike running Android, I want the software too, but as there is no mention of them developing Apps for Android what is the deal. Are they going to give it a skin with some bog standard apps from the Google Play store like Jorge Calendar or Evernote. I can't believe they'd just ship it with vanilla Android on it.

BlackBerry's comeback: El Reg gets its claws on the QWERTY KEYone

alexmcm

Re: The last chance saloon

"Apple comes along with a phone that won't last a day, and sells millions of them based purely on the shininess of the product. And now that everyone considers it perfectly normal to have to charge up during the day"

Still remember sitting in my Boss's office after he'd got an original iPhone and he had it plugged in charging *during the day*. I mean wtf, I'm thinking I charge my phone random evenings every few days when I feel like it.

It'll never take off I thought, imagine having to constantly worry about whether your phone is charged. Ha Ha...oh....

The last time El Reg covered IBM Domino we used a chisel

alexmcm

Loved Notes

I bloody loved Lotus Notes, though I think it probably peaked about Notes 4.6, I loved having all the databases on different tabs, the whole thing was a joy to use. I'm not being sarcastic, I thought it was a brilliantly designed system way ahead of it's time, which was only reinforced when my previous employer got rid of it and replaced it with Outlook and a whole load of fiddly, slow web based apps.

I know it's cool to make fun of old software, but Lotus Notes, Lotus Agenda, and Lotus Improv were 3 bloody amazing programs, and look at what the standards are now: Outlook, OneNote and Excel. What an enormous leap backwards.

Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016

alexmcm

More importantly

What about all those Games I have on my tablet that accuse me of arsing about with the clock on the tablet to fast forward to get tomorrows bonus? Will they think I'm stealthily increasing the clock in 1 second increments now?

Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

alexmcm

Re: Why the fuck...

I think back in the day they wanted to simplify PCs and make them more like your friendly CD player or DVD player. If you stick a DVD in your player, you expect it to bring up the DVD movie menu, or CD to start playing the music. So they introduced autoplay for CDs and DVDs on PCs as well, so if your home theatre system was a PC it would act like your DVD player.

Then USBs came along to replace CDs and DVDs, same idea, surely you want them to start playing their content without any user intervention. What could possibly go wrong?

Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

alexmcm

Re: Who do regulations protect?

Thanks for the advice, I was never able to find a good guide to nicotine strengths when I first started vaping a few years back. Through trial and error I eventually settled on 18mg nicotine (used to be a pack a day smoker), and as you say, for throat hit, a menthol flavour. Now I'm down to just a crisp clean flavour like Green Apple and 6mg.

I wish there was a good well known trustworthy beginners guide to vaping. That might be seen to be encouraging the kids though,

Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

alexmcm

Re: Not missing much

Bose have very nice bluetooth, noise cancelling headphones that I am sure would work with an iPhone.

https://www.bose.com.au/en_au/products/headphones/over_ear_headphones/quietcomfort-35-wireless.html

Only $500 AUD !

First Wi-Fi box ever is chosen as Australia's best contribution to global history

alexmcm

Another invention

First the Hills Hoist and now Wi-fi. Australians are full of great inventions.

Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

alexmcm

Who are Microsoft's M&A advisors??? They bought Skype and Nokia and basically had to write them off, now they've bought this steaming pile, which was a write off before they even bought it.

Are Microsoft intentionally trying to bankrupt themselves buy buying 'past sell-by date' companies?

LinkedIn sinkin': $10bn gone in one day as shares plummet 40%

alexmcm

Re: The uses of LinkedIn ..

I used linkedIn as another Friends Reunited. You could look up old school acquaintances and see what hyped up job titles they were giving themselves these days.

But then I started seeing the downside, that LinkedIn reports to the other person you have looked at their profile and then asks them if they know you , and would they like to link to you etc. I have no interest in 'linking' to them, I just wanted to see if they were in prison yet.

25 years ago: Sir Tim Berners-Lee builds world's first website

alexmcm
Facepalm

Good Advice from the original website

Put up some data

There are many ways of doing this. The web needs both raw data -- fresh hypertext or old plain text files, or smart servers giving views of existing databases. See more details , etiquette.

Suggest someone else does

Maybe you know a system which it would be neat to have on the web. How about suggesting to the person involved that they put up a W3 server?

________

If only I could think of a neat idea. In plain text obviously. Then this W3 thing might take off.

Pope Francis' first act in America: Halt iPhone 6S, 6S Plus deliveries

alexmcm

Re: Oh the Ronny

Lets add to that the preaching against contraception, encouraging billions more of us feeding, emitting and cutting down trees.

Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

alexmcm

Re: @Pompous Git - ?

So did you have to pay $3,000 for data? :eek:

But seriously, was this before everyone and their dog knew to turn of roaming updates, and did you not notice your zenbook was going crazy downloading 6GB of data?

Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

alexmcm

Re: Hallelujah - File Explorer's file path limit is not 256 any more !

Yeah worked for a company that insisted their code tree had 1 letter names, so when we were trying to find a source file you had to go looking for

c:\Source\A\F\X\B\Y\H\Z\Q\U\L\O\P\G\R\L\My Code.cpp

I spent more time looking for the file than working on it.

Facebook and Twitter queen Taylor Swift: Facebook and Twitter are RUBBISH

alexmcm

Updated Christmas Card list

My wife uses facebook, and she treats the 'likes' like a Christmas Card list. If she 'likes' one of her friends pictures, but the friend doesn't reciprocate by liking her next picture, then she is off the 'like list' for the next few days.

It appears to be human nature to expect 'likes' to be reciprocated even if you post a picture of a piece of toast. But it does become an obsession for some people, checking to see which of their friends hasn't 'liked' their latest picture.

That is why I'd be a billynomates on facebook. I don't check things that frequently, I don't remember who did what, and I can't bring myself to 'like' things I clearly can't be arsed about, especially other peoples dinner and their kids.

Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

alexmcm

Tesla

Having just read an article claiming Apple is working on its own car, and how Tesla and Apple keep stealing each others employees, I had the idea that Apple might be gearing up to just buy Tesla outright and have an immediate entry into the car industry.

You know how Apple used to like to do unexpected things....

Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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The English Patient

Can't even remember the plot now. But it went on and on and on, and the girl I was with was crying at it and I was falling asleep. Jeez one of the most miserable soul destroying nights/films ever. Felt like it was 3 hours long... oh it was...

UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

alexmcm

Re: Get them to hold at the outer marker

Picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd1ciPnTGKg

'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

alexmcm

Re: Good luck on that one.

Ah yes, and the Scotland world cup song:

We're on the march with Ally's army

We're going to the Argentine,

And we'll really shake them up,

when we win the world cup,

cos Scotland are the greatest football team!!!

We're representing Britain, And we're gaunny do or die,

England cannae dae it, 'Cos they didnae qualify!

Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

alexmcm

Re: That's a really useful controller

Only 4 responses allowed in The Hobbit now

>F

>FS

>FFS

>FFSR (eally?)

None of this 'climb in the barrel and close the lid' crap.

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