* Posts by cambsukguy

865 posts • joined 31 Jan 2013

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

cambsukguy

Re: re. micro sd, etc.

Toilet roll inners, free and plentiful.

One or more cables per tube, depending on whether it is a mains lead, AV, audio, USB etc.

Obviously all the same type in any one tube.

I use twist ties for the smaller cables prior to tube insertion so I can one tube, extract one and toss the tube back in the box.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

cambsukguy

Re: never seems to taste the same?

You just can't get the amps through a reasonable cable in the US though.

However, if you are ever required to live there, wire a socket to the 230V outlets (they have different but available plugtops) they use (often without realising) for their washer/dryer setup. Dryers need insane power of course so they use two phases.

Thus (almost) all the Brit Kit that works only on 230V happily operates near the dryer cupboard on an extension.

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cambsukguy

Re: never seems to taste the same?

Except where said Spanish people know Brits, seen our kettles, promptly purchased a 'proper' 3kW jobbie in the UK, asked said Brit to pop down the Spanish DIY store and re-wired it to prevent plugtop burnout and happily enjoyed boiling water on demand ever since.

With 'imported' Tetley's (though they do sell it there these days) and hard-to-find 'proper' milk (they have it, one has to look hard is all), one can make almost the same tea there as here.

My trick at the Lyon's Tea house (oh, the irony) in the US was to ask the waitress (as she always was all those years ago), to 'please, please' just put the water, in the cup, in the microwave, for just maybe two minutes and not, whatever their feelings, to touch, stir or jog the cup until they gave it to me (along with continuous warnings and a signed release about how it will kill me to even approach it let alone drink it).

Placing a teabag in the cup produce instant boiling water to infuse the teabag I (obviously) brought with me. Not perfect but a revelation compared to the pitiful effort they would have produced.

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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

cambsukguy

There isn't a mid-range priced iPhone - although there is a mid-iPhone-range priced iPhone.

My phone is 4 years old, gets updates monthly, works better than when I got it and has a removable battery (replaced for £9 for an original part), very good camera, even by today's standards, hi-res screen, even by today's standards, huge SD card capability, even by today's standards, Qi charging (today's standard).

The list goes on, it cost £330 at the time and would sell for maybe £75 at best, like that will happen.

It therefore represents much better value than even a mid-range iPhone, whilst actually giving me the features I require (see above list). A removable battery and an SD card are not techie requirements really.

There are features that I would like (e.g. IP68), but I am not paying the premium asked for something that 'nice-to-have'.

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Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

cambsukguy

Good to have an audio jack but...

> lacking features like a 3.5-inch audio jack

I should hope so, that is enormous.

I prefer the 3.5mm one for phones and 1/4 inch for proper kit. if I use one at all that is.

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

cambsukguy

Another reason to keep on truckin' a WinPhone

There are none of these Apps available on WinPhone.

I am sooo broken up about not having a loyalty App and paying by contact-less is so easy I am amazed anyone bothers with other mechanisms.

Not that I would be in a coffee shop, especially one with a queue.

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First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

cambsukguy

Banking Apps

> Users have 60 days to make the jump from the moribund mobile OS, or find other ways to check if they've saved up enough to buy an iPhone XS

Or stop using the App and use the web version, not quite as good but perfectly serviceable.

Or... Stop using that bank and switch to, er, OK, use the Web page version.

Mind you, RBS have told me I was 'selected' for the forced switch to another bank anyway (as agreed to get their massive bailout after the 2008 financial crash) so I could not have stayed using their App past about February regardless.

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

cambsukguy

Re: With the Lenovo Explorer now down to $132 (from an original $349) ...

And postage from a US supplier is? Even with VAT added it sounds like a lot less.

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cambsukguy

No, you get up to six Office subscriptions, all you need is someone to give them too, children, spouses, significant others etc.

Or does Dropbox plus also allow six separate users of a single account.

And, surely, for a non-business user, isn't 1TB enough? Video addicts/hobbyists or folks who have DLSRs and just have to keep everything in RAW excepted I suppose.

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Your Phone prematurely ejected, Skype texting on the way, and 900 more years of Windows

cambsukguy

Been texting from Skype

On PC and Phone for ages and ages, didn't even realise that others can't.

But then I am mad, I use WinPhone.

Now, if they could just make this Edge browser on the phone let me carry on with Edge tabs on the PC and vice versa - that would be magic.

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

cambsukguy

Re: The mistake of a non compatible OS....

I had Palms from the second Pilot to the Sony Clie.

I loved them, never lost my data, not once.

I got really good at data entry having spend mucho time playing Giraffe.

I didn't like it when they changed Graffiti to make it easier for regular folk to learn but I got used to it.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

cambsukguy

Luxury!

When we got a fancy new 286-based PC with removable drive technology so we could all use it as ourselves, the drives had a ridiculously large 5MB on each one!

Given that we used floppy net, often with the Royal Mail as the (literal) transport layer, the speed increase was something else.

And 'git' was done by saying 'Now press delete four times and type this instead...'

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cambsukguy

Re: QLC? It's not the one for me

and yet data 'digital' transmission for cable Internet and digital TV transmission gained massively from using QAM16, QAM64 and QAM256 etc.

This works by using analog levels to cram more bits into the signal, which itself is carried on a carrier wave.

All we care about as consumers is the end result, price, reliability, performance etc. If they make it work and it keeps working, the magic required, be it error correction or redundancy will not matter.

After all, the thought of the head distance to the platter for spinning rust and Giant Magnetoresistant heads had all the naysayers telling us it could never work/be reliable - I think modern hard drives are a miracle to this day.

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Pleasant programming playground paves popular Python path

cambsukguy

Re: Excellent

Python is very useful for corralling large data sets using numpy etc.

My other half uses it as a scientist and it saves using R, works more like matlab and allows huge amounts of processing on an HPC with minimal effort.

The algorithms employed are difficult to say the least and I dread to think how hard it would be to do it all in C++ even, let alone C.

Having taken over a python project in a consumer electronics device (running Linux) which used python for everything and almost worked, I can vouch for the fact that it can shorten dev times whilst still working - I only had to code up some serial stuff and replace some BLE node-based interfacing with proper C Bluedroid clients and it ran pretty smoothly on a fairly ordinary bit if kit (because the heavy lifting for the radio stuff in this case was done by HW, as would be normal).

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Edge, Azure and Windows Phone receives a Telegram. Yup, it's the week at Microsoft

cambsukguy

Used Ringo App on WP Phone

The other day. It failed at the payment page.

I went to the website, exactly the same, the App was just a crappy wrapper for a crappy website.

The Website worked no problem, probably some change in bank security or something, Edge had no problem of course.

Which is why I can keep using WinPhone - I just don't need or want almost every App. Most of the time a webpage works, train times, plane arrivals (there are working Apps for both mind you, FlightAware works perfectly including the cool Sky Camera thing).

Of course, I would love the Apps to all be there but I am not running all-Google, all-data Maps etc. and having to perform all the work to switch to a different launcher, HERE maps, none of which will work as well or are as tightly-integrated as maps/office etc are on WP.

It is about what you use the most, for me that doesn't mean FB, snapchat, instagram or the next latest must-have.

Luckily, dinosaurs can use a dinosaur phone, at least for a while yet.

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Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

cambsukguy

Nothing wrong with a netbook

I gave my youngest an Asus Eeeeeee something ages and ages and ages ago.

The battery lasted forever (ie 8 hours), it was functional and had a real keyboard of sorts.

When the time came it updates to Win10 and ran just fine although I suspect the Atom Win10 version had bits missing to keep it running reasonably.

The disc was only 320GB but wasn't a real problem. It even ran an external HD monitor and real keyboard/mouse combo for 'proper' school work (like Netflix).

Now, having given him my last laptop, which was languishing because I treated myself to a 'new' pre-loved laptop 2 years ago, I put Ubuntu on it and it runs as a portable debug collector for my work thing no problem - it even dual-boots when needed.

Sine my laptop is only 'portable' in the loosest sense of needing a power cord 'just in case' and being heavier than a slim modern (expensive) laptop, a cheaper, long-battery-life, netbook-alike would suit me and my pocket better than an expensive ultra-light laptop.

Having touch-screen/tablet functionality would be an added bonus.

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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

cambsukguy

Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

correct, except that I get 5 users, which I use so I know it is 5.

It is a pretty good deal really, 1TB for each of those 5, plus 60mins/months of calls to foreign numbers on Skype, including mobiles, which can matter in a pinch.

And an always-up-to-date, legal Office suite on multiple platforms for each person.

Honestly, a no-brainer.

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

cambsukguy

Re: Get out more?

ooh, thanks for the reminder... gf on a plane in a minute, must check.

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cambsukguy

Re: Battery life ?

Given that GPS devices shouldn't use much power and that WiFi locating does, albeit usefully for location purposes, it is the cell transmissions that will do for it.

If a blue dot was seen traversing a garden etc. then either the device was transmitting continuously, goodbye battery, or it transmitted more rarely and AWS filled in the gaps using interpolation or stupidity.

Either way, transmitting and mapping all day will break even the baddest regular phone so charging is a near certainty.

And, given the requirement to have it on the person and the fact that they might have to get out of the van every few minutes, I would have thought wireless charging was a must.

It just so happens that I work on a product that tracks location, checks for danger via several vectors and continuously updates a server with multiple sensor readings, whether it be heart rate or noise levels etc. We aim at a minimum 12-hours using a smartphone-sized battery (3000/4000mAh).

Of course, we don't have a powerful processor, a big screen or loads of apps installed so it is more do-able.

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A slick phone Linux for your pocket PDA? Ooh, don't mind if I do, sir

cambsukguy

All well and good

But will it run Windows?

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FYI: Qualcomm hasn't given up on Arm-based Windows 10 slabtops

cambsukguy

What I HAVE to know is...

...will they make one the size of a phone?

No need for the most powerful processor.

It could then do 'proper' continuum except it would simply use Win10 extended screen, multiple windows, mouse control, everything, including the ability to run real USB devices that had drivers, of which there would be many if the Laptop thing takes off.

That means really running printers, scanners, external drives etc.

I don't mind if the mouse cursor shows on the 'phone' display when moved from the external display.

I assume the 'phone' display would be Full-Screen by default etc.

I know the phone is a bit different but most of it is because it is like Win10S with full sandboxing etc. so it must be able to act that way. I wouldn't care if the 'phone' was like full Win10 though, the advantages would vastly outweigh the disadvantages.

I don't care if the legacy apps needed a stylus to use them, RDP to a desktop has mechanisms to operate tiny controls, they can be used despite being tedious. I use almost no legacy apps these days anyway.

Don't even need 10-point touch guys, c'mon, c'mon...

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

cambsukguy

Re: Only Women Bleed?

It's amazing how many songs you think are original are covers or, at least, written by someone else and made famous by others.

I am a huge Springsteen fan and still didn't know Blinded by the light was written by him for a long time. Similarly, Because the night.

Alice (co-)wrote Only Women Bleed.

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Wanna break Microsoft's Edge browser? Google's explained how

cambsukguy

And yet, with three/four Win10 machines I have to 'look after', apart from my own, I spend maybe 10 minutes/month 'helping' with issues, in total, max.

Not that I could fix any 'real' issues anyway, finger trouble most of the time.

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

cambsukguy

Re: AFAIK audio CD has no way to name songs...

Almost all the CDs my gf has bought recently, at least four, have track titles.

And they show up on my car CD Player (Sony), her car CD Player (JVC) and the kitchen one (Panasonic).

It would appear CD track titles are alive and well.

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Bill Gates declined offer to serve as Donald Trump's science advisor

cambsukguy

He's 62 and, having a still reasonable amount of hair, I think he looks, at most, 62.

One thing I have noticed about white westerners that spend a lot of time in the poorest African countries, is that they get thinner, browner, and more wrinkly.

But he looks better than most 60-ish year-olds I happen to know.

Not that it matters of course.

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If you're looking for bad news about Microsoft, top tip: look away now

cambsukguy

And I predict that you will be proved wrong on all counts.

Even less chance of a Surface Phone now, shame.

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Microsoft Lean's in: Slimmed-down Windows 10 OS option spotted

cambsukguy

Since you obviously don't run Windows any more, why do you care so much what they do?

Do you want to run it but "can't" because slurp or Cortana etc.?

I am astounded that a simple thing like live tiles upset you so much anyway. I almost never see Live Tiles on my laptop because I use the search box to access almost everything directly, I always think "Oh yeah, Live Tiles", when I do see them (start button, reboot, log out type things).

Personally, once I have removed the Candy Crush/Disney tiles, I have no problem with them at all.

But then I do still run WinPhone - Kinda used to them.

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Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

cambsukguy

Re: I use windows phones (because no one else will)

> I would like a 950 for the better camera and something that doesn't crash back to the desktop when I go to a media heavy website

I picked up a second-hand 950 on eBay for £70 to replace my son's Lumia 920 (still working but Win8).

It works well, still in super condition - must have gotten a new back or had a case because it was spotless.

Tempted to buy another but mine still works perfectly after nearly 3 years - and co-incidentally has a nice new back - so I will probably just keep it until it has zero support and zero Apps.

And Edge works juts fine on the Lumia, the Office Apps manage to have all the menus albeit pushed into flyouts etc. It is amazing to be able to have 'full function' Office Apps, especially for free.

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

cambsukguy

My first laptop ran WIn98

It was an unstable beast. Time computers, poor, even for then.

To its credit, I put Win2000 on it and, lo and behold, solid as a rock, almost NT like.

I could even put it in standby, amazing.

And for the record, my son sent me a message about a year ago saying "Dad, my laptop did a BSOD", he had never seem once on his Win10 laptop, which was about 2 years old and came with Win8 originally.

My Linux Mint laptop at work has crashed once in the year I have been using it. No 'BSOD', just a common (about 8 times in that year) failure to respond, super slow mouse movement, taking 15 to 20 minutes to get a console so I could killall Firefox (or Chrome, which caused the first few slowdowns); in this case the machine just rebooted before I could recover it.

To Linux's great credit, it is very nice to almost never have to reboot but Win10 really does not crash much at all. I suspect it is more often than Linux overall, on a per-PC level I mean, but almost everything on Windows carries legacy cruft and it suffers for it. I suspect that it is also technically more complex, not always a good thing of course.

Basically, it offers so much more (to the non-technical user especially), for so little extra risk, a reboot once per month and the very rare possibility of a BSOD and a restart in 30s.

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Motorola Z2 Force: This one's for the butterfingered Android lovers

cambsukguy

Re: I tried using mods with the LG G5

I am on my 5th Smartphone, about 8 years I guess.

I have broken one screen, colliding with someone at speed while biking, flipping over, and landing pretty hard on my back.

The screen didn't smash outright even then, but did fail when knocked later on so I assume it has been compromised.

I have never used a case (although that particular phone had a wireless charging adapter snapped on.

I am not an extreme sportsman but I make up for it by being careless, which partly comes from not paying insane amounts for a phone in the first place, although the earlier models came at a reasonably hefty price tag that I tried to be careful at least.

The phone I have now has two broken/missing corners on the back cover and a crack in that cover from drops and knocks. It is a removable back, for battery change and SIM/SD etc. and it is fairly flimsy.

The screen, however, it in really good shape, barely discernible marks and no cracks or chips at all. It is getting on for three years old too.

It is not a 'tough' model. It is not especially tough looking (like the Lumia 920 was, basically a brick). The screen glass is basically edge to edge albeit not curved etc.

I do wonder why I see so many broken screens and wonder if they are skimping on the Gorilla glass to save weight, thickness or even money.

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Huawei promises to launch a 5G smartmobe in second half of 2019

cambsukguy

Re: 16Kp120

Perhaps they watched Ready Player One?

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Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it

cambsukguy

Re: Just

Wow, I bought an original, new 3000mAh battery for my phone for £9 and fitted it in 30s.

And I carry the old one as an instant re-charge for tough travel days since it takes up almost no space.

I guess everyone has a different view of good value - especially as I just bought an entire, working, high spec phone (used, I should add) for the price of an iPhone battery change (the expensive one - £75).

More Apps are just not worth that much more money, especially when you add in the limitations of iOS.

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

cambsukguy

Given that Windows/Office is so common in the workplace and obviously has device management sorted to the fullest extent, what is the reason schools don't use Windows devices?

Surfaces cost too much presumably? but are there not cheap Windows tablets that get support simply by being Windows?

Does WIn10S (mode) allow a cheap Chromebook type machine to be used?

Having a proper machine with stuff on it (like Office) must reduce the network overhead and keeping them up to date is all automatic.

Having seen the extent to which corporations can control every level of the device and remote access it etc. it seems like a no-brainer.

Always assuming the Apps exist I suppose.

Maybe MS don't care enough at that level, as long as they give free/cheap Office to Students later, they will have them as adult customers I suppose.

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cambsukguy

I have a son doing CompSci at Uni and they hardly bother with the 'professional' languages as I understand them; they use Haskell, a strange affair I had trouble following.

Apparently, it helps to teach the fundamentals.

It would appear to be working, because he is on a year in industry, and doing very well at it.

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cambsukguy

Pointers would be a good way to sort those with aptitude and those without I suppose - especially in the embedded/firmware environments.

Use Python to easily select for those with natural OO skills perhaps.

I think it is wise to steer only those with natural ability in programming towards programming.

Having suffered seriously with prospective programmers of late, I really wish more capable people would come through.

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Donald Trump jumps on anti-tech bandwagon, gets everything wrong

cambsukguy

> really don't care for trump but in end was choice of someone I don't care for or someone I really detest.

What you should have asked yourself was "Why do I detest Hillary?". Was it because she used poor judgement running mail servers, which doesn't seem reasonable when compared against "I just grab 'em by the pussy".

Or was it because of a continuing series of lies and distortions created since the 90's, perhaps starting with the, almost believable, Whitewater scandal (only investigated 3 or 4 times, including by people that despised her politically and STILL had to find her not guilty), continuing with ridiculous stories suggesting she had people killed and culminating in (somehow, even more ridiculous) levels of untruth which beggar belief.

Or was it because she tried to enact some modicum of gun-control legislation, resulting in a useful ban on Assault rifles, the ending of which shows a marked increase in homicides.

Or was it that she tries so hard to get Universal Health Care legislation passed and so nearly accomplished it. The children's heath care act that did get passed has been responsible for saving countless lives since it passed.

So, genuinely, please state here the reasons you hate her so much and we will simply judge you on them. If you care to tell us the reasons you also came to find a moronic, misogynist, selfish, lying liar of a non-tax-paying sociopath preferable, then do enlighten us.

I imagine you will get short shrift around here and this is NOT a leftie paradise by any means (as witnessed by my down votes when saying anything 'leftie').

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

cambsukguy

Re: Tea anyone? In France not likely.

I was in Toulouse for a couple of months last year and have to say that Carrefour was one of the very best 'Supermarkets' I have ever used.

From High-end produce at one end - including a sushi-bar - to lower end, 'ordinary' food and a huge household items area, it was an amazing place to see and use.

And they had a decent choice of fresh milk, probably solely for the British visitors - my Spanish 'in-laws' still use UHT despite having a fridge and a supermarket that sells fresh. I guess it is what you get used to.

Personally, can't stand UHT and I have the merest dash of milk in tea these days.

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Tesla crash investigation causes dip in 'leccycar firm's share price

cambsukguy

Re: local fire brigade was unsure if the car’s battery would explode

Yes, there is a penalty, space, weight, etc.

But, Tesla spent years and years perfecting the tech to improve the safety and the cooling system for the battery.

The result is that they can charge the battery pack very quickly compared to others; the cooling system is used to maintain the pack at optimal charging temperature without it overheating.

Along with the safety stuff they added to prevent explosion - which also allows high current flow I think - it would seem that they made the right decision.

As people here know, a lithium cell fire/explosion with that much energy stored would be serious.

If expectations are kept to a reasonable level, which has not always been the case, Tesla's design and implementation (of an electric vehicle - not an autonomous vehicle) is one of the best examples I have seen.

If they do make the cheaper version and it comes to the UK, I might even consider 'wasting' my money on a new car.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

cambsukguy

Re: "no problem giving Apple a pass" - One major difference

> Microsoft provide a generic OS that can be installed on any (compatible) hardware.

The important word here is CAN - nobody makes people use Windows - choose from at least four other 'OSs' that work on PCs, one from Apple (macOS?), Linux, ChromeOS (sort of), Android (sort of).

As we keep hearing here, Windows is not mandatory anymore, if one doesn't like it, choose an alternative.

If your company makes you use it, it is no different to being forced to use a locked-down PC or a 'special' phone or an old piece of kit you hate, it is part of your job and you decide if it is enough o make you look elsewhere.

For the masses with 'No Choice', they won't give a shit either way, they know nothing about Browser wars, OSs or anything else, stuff just changes and they carry on or ask for help.

Personally, I find Edge doesn't massacre my memory and loads pages fast, both things that matter more to me than OS politics.

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Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

cambsukguy

Re: Old skool

The irony is that the Apps on the 950 are pretty good these days. Skype is basically stable (as in doesn't crash much - they change bits of it regularly).

The Office apps are excellent and improve all the time (shared access etc.)

Maps supports tabs like the desktop version (same code) and thus allows multiple places to be searched/visible at the same time - Google Maps still does not do that, even on a PC.

Of course, the maps can be offline, multiple whole countries. Nothing else comes close. The 3D stuff is very cool and Navigation doesn't require a data service.

Edge is fast, and given the 3-yr-old HW, really fast.

Mail, OneDrive, Photos, Messaging (Skype merges SMS/Skype, which is v. useful).

And things like the Translator are still active and useful. I still prefer the way Contacts work on WinPhone, all the contact history across all the mechanisms (email, SMS, Skype etc.).

I am sure there are 1000s upon 1000s of Apps it doesn't have but I have no real need of them, apart from wanting a Santander App that is. I have an RBS app and it is useful so I would like to have the other one - perhaps moving to RBS for that account is the answer.

I know I am in a minority but I have used Android and iOS a lot with work and I just don't find them as fluid or attractive, UI wise. More Apps is just not a good enough reason for me to switch.

Still, they haven't switched off Win10 notification so I guess I don't have to switch.

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

cambsukguy

Re: Great OS

It happened again, even after updates brought me completely up to date.

Ctrl-alt-f1 et al do nothing, at least after ten minutes of waiting.

Ping gives intermittent responses and ssh responded after five minutes but failed to proceed after the prompt.

I have installed an Ethernet cable now so I may be able to get in via that next time. I don't think it...

Ah, a console appears. Only a few minutes to execute the kill and the system is back.

Obviously quicker to reboot but the time invested in five display setups makes it worth the wait.

Sucks that it happens at all though. Will still leave the Ethernet as a possible way out next time.

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cambsukguy

Re: Great OS

Bringing up a terminal might have been useful, if any key combo had worked at all.

Since no response could be gotten from any key, anywhere, I fail to see how this could be accomplished.

Next time it happens I will try all the key combos mentioned here to see if any do work though, always willing to be educated.

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cambsukguy

Re: Great OS

I have mint at work. Like Linux generally, it runs fine.

I used chrome at first as a browser because it heading to be set that way by the person that left me the system.

But, after the machine essentially ceased to work and it took me fifteen minutes to persuade the mouse to be above the X so I could nuke it, it so wouldn't die.

It would have appeared to be a memory issue so I switched to Firefox.

I had the problem again a couple of weeks later but, of course had installed openssh and gotten the IP address so I could kill Firefox from my phone.

Even though I tested it worked, it failed when I needed it. I could ping the machine but not log in.

Eventually Linux crashed although sometimes it does trash Firefox on it's own saying a tab crashed.

Even though rebooting takes minimal time, it is the cost of setting up all those windows etc that irks me.

I am particularly bothered that Linux itself stops working when Firefox decides to melt down. I should be able to pop up a terminal and kill the process, like I do in windows.

There is no three fingered salute that brings up a menu for a task manager or console terminal.

Being unable to ssh in is particularly annoying, possibly because it is using Wi-Fi rather than Ethernet, we have no cable network. I couldn't source a cable to check at the time.

I can honestly say I can't recall the last time my mouse stopped moving on Windows 10 and was unable to recover without a reboot.

So, no, not overly impressed with it did and not have the issue with Ubuntu over the years.

Added to the fact that there is a nasty ripple in the graphics when I have the temerity to scroll the mouse wheel in either browser, on a new laptop with 8GB of RAM, it seems like it is not a finished system.

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

cambsukguy

Re: anti-collision

> His deceleration from 173 km/h (108 mph) to 0 in a distance of 66 cm (26 in) is one of the highest G-loads survived in a crash.

A Tesla is not a race car but they didn't have airbags then either. Even 65mph to 0 in a similar distance seems reasonable - mind you, I think that guy was injured (his organs moved a lot).

I crashed into a braked truck at about 20mph and saw similar amount of front-end shortening so I concur with the general view that he was going slower at impact.

As I have said here before, forget the auto driving, have auto braking if you want to reduce casualties at least.

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Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

cambsukguy

Been there, done that

We had a device where there was 16K of ROM code space and the Keil 8051 C code compiled to about 400 bytes too much.

What shall we remove?

I compiled the code to intermediate assembler and started looking. I found several issues of wasted space such as a move from one register to another immediately followed by the same instruction. The odd padding NOP that wasn't needed. There were JMP to RETs that could have been just a RET and so on.

I ended up writing a parser, in C of course, with about 10 passes of the assembler, doing one compression at a time, nothing fancy. Obviously, there had to be computations changed for anything after a JMP/RET replacement until said RET was reached etc. ISTR having to keep a table for each module for fixups at the end, labels I am sure.

We saved enough code to have a couple of hundred bytes spare for actual bugs found during testing, although that code was never replaced, the first and only version lasted for the life of the product - which wasn't that long really,

Anyone that bought the Philips Pager that Alan Shearer advertised all that time ago will have used that code.

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PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

cambsukguy

Re: PowerShell?

Wow, impressive capabilities, I wish I knew how to use it while being very glad that I don't.

Having done some extensive <command> | <awk|sed|grep> ..., I wished all the time for something that *knew* what was coming.

Not surprisingly, xargs is my favourite bash mechanism.

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Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

cambsukguy

Re: It was really useful to me,briefly

My WinPhone still talks to my car, just as well, or better, than it did when I bought it so I don't see the issue.

Until it no longer operates that is. Still hoping for a Surface Phone/PC some day before that, Fingers crossed.

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Two-day Bitbucket borkage has devs tearing their hair out

cambsukguy

Who is the Vendor?

"We are in the process of fixing the overall issue with our vendor, but cannot currently give an accurate eta for when this will be completed."

AWS, Googe, Azure, some other lot?

I assumed they owned and operated their own servers/storage.

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Apple, quit milking tech-addicted fruit of our loins – shareholders

cambsukguy

Re: Unusually Microsoft appear to be ahead on this....

I didn't even know this was an issue - I assumed all platforms had some overriding system that was not based on each individual device being setup specifically.

For instance, even WinPho had alternative browsers so users could bypass anything that was limiting them in the IE browser.

I used what is now MS Family Safety from the getgo on WinPhone and it works well on Win10 - it was complex before that though.

Because it works outside the device, it covers all devices used - my sole minor son uses four devices. The reports and web page cover device use separately, adding up the various bits from each device.

TBH, the default setting for everything was sufficient for us, anything falling foul of the system can be overridden at the time, anything done that seems dubious can be blocked in future when seen. Most of it I see is dodgy sites called up by ads from places like Manga/Anime websites.

In order to work of course, I presume it needs total control of the device, probably not possible on Android or iOS (for MS that is). When a minor is the user of a WinPhone, because an MS account is required to use one - it enrolls that device into the system at the basic level. This means app installation can be monitored and limited etc and purchases controlled to prevent overspending etc. Crucially, this is not controlled at the device though.

How can this still be a problem?, even for careless/naive parents, the default setup should add some level of protection.

Requiring parents to do any heavy (or even light) lifting is virtually guaranteed to leave vast amounts of kids free to run riot.

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