* Posts by cambsukguy

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Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

cambsukguy

The requirement mentioned earlier about ensuring that your passowrds are not 'remembered' by someone watching you type it is not a problem for password managers.

When setting up a PC for my son I used his MS password about 8 times in several different cases across two PCs (old and new) as well as a phone.

Despite typing it that many times, I could not, under any circumstance, recall the password when trying to type it, even after a delay a few minutes.

This is because password manager passwords can be made eminently un-memorable; you would have to be the mentalist to remember 12 characters, case and all, just by watching someone type them.

I was typing from a displayed password and I still couldn't recall it.

Of course, we use 2FA so OneDrive etc. are even less likely to get hacked even if the correct password is entered on a new device, so the hacker would have to access the PC, steal the phone, know the phone PIN *and* have the password.

Hardly worth the effort to see his student debt (always assuming they managed to access the bank).

I think the honest truth is that £24 a year for four (I think) people to have LastPass is very good value indeed and it really does make site login (and address/CC details entry) super easy.

What was disappointing was not knowing if 12 random characters (with specials where allowed) is enough - from the looks of the article and the fact that NTLM is weaker than most systems in use - it seems so. I assume that it adds perhaps another 28 bits making brute forcing that much harder.

But how much is what I would like to know.

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

cambsukguy

Re: Um, guys, only 1 month left

Pretty certain it has not been ratified - and won't be until it is a signed deal, possibly not even then.

cambsukguy

Re: So predictable !

Don't include me in 'people'.

Many of us knew reasonably well that 45 years of connection to Europe could not be easily undone.

Many of us knew how much more difficult trade and travel were prior to joining.

Many of us knew that £350m quid a week was a bullshit number.

Many of us knew that the poorest areas gained most of the benefit.

Many of us knew that immigrants are a net benefit to a society and have shown it to be so time and time again.

Some even knew that Churchill himself believed that a 'United States of Europe' was the future ideal to prevent future catastrophic wars on this continent.

People who voted leave without the minimal knowledge described above were truly led by donkeys (apologies to donkeys everywhere - they are very hard working and nice animals).

What I do know is that the amount of people misled and wish they had known easily exceeds 2% and, regardless of those who now want to leave when they voted remain (because they are tired or believe the EU is 'bullying' us) are doing so not because of extra knowledge but mostly spite.

The cries of FUD every time a story occurs detailing the problems we have remind me uncomfortably of the climate change debate... "Look, it's cold, where is your Global Warming now".

Firstly, we have spent inordinate time and treasure on this already so there is already a loss, it cannot be recovered unless there is a requisite *extra* gain that comes later and covers *all* that was lost and adds as time goes on, possible but unlikely indeed.

We are taking an extreme risk for no visible benefit - the laughable 'benefit' of sovereignty suggest that a given voter has a 'voice' - most people's votes are meaningless because they are thrown away by the First Past The Post system - I know, I lived in John Major's constituency so my vote has never counted.

The loss of sovereignty for the greater good has always been a benefit, England no longer has wars with Scotland (honestly, we don't).

Isolationism is a poor mechanism for self-improvement - it should be obvious since that dolt Trump believes in it, and he heads a stupidly rich country which could stand alone, unlike us.

And that is notwithstanding the fact that our membership also helps those (financially) less fortunate than ourselves - even if we made a net gain (which we will not - it is far, far from a zero sum game), we should consider the help that we give others via the EU - more easily accomplished that us doing it alone.

And, shame on our MPs - especially the Labour Party, for not biting the bullet, telling the truth, and saying that the referendum was advisory and they will use the result to pressure the EU for changes to reflect some peoples' unhappiness and stay in the club to help make improvements.

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'

cambsukguy

Re: OS Slow downs on the way then

Still using my 5 year old non-Apple phone, because it still gets updated and still works well.

I think 4-5 years is not too much to ask really, I have yet to lose a phone to breakage despite never having a case for any of them.

I prefer to self-insure, get the benefit of a sleek caseless design and simply buy a phone and look after it well until breakage seems less of a problem.

Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid

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The perfect opportunity...

...to express disappointment at new laptops generally.

My second lad needed a new laptop, having done fairly well with an old Thinkpad (Edge, the cheaper one) which is now showing signs of thermal shutdown and refuses to be fixed with new thermal paste despite my best effort.

So, trawling the web for while made it clear that <£500 quid (which bought me an HP Touchscreen Envy 15 several years ago) would only buy a similar laptop without a touchscreen now (say an HP with 1TB disk or 256 SSD, 8GB RAM and a Core i5 Gen 7/8). Furthermore, no keyboard backlight or fingerprint sensor - both of which I find useful.

I asked him what he preferred and we decided that (despite being almost 5yrs old), he preferred the same laptop I bought for mew and his brother - both of which still work just fine, converted to Win 10 from the Original Win 7.

So, £250 quid bought another and I upgraded the Win 10 and the BIOS and he is very pleased, especially as the touchscreen really helps in his usage patterns.

Oh yeah, and the old laptop has a dedicated nVidia GeForce graphics card to rub it in - also much desired because he actually plays games occasionally (I don't).

Give me a solid unit with decent cooling any day - though so since I saw someone showing off their brand new MacBook Air to me and it Black-screened after 10 seconds as thermal shutdown cacked one of the cores.

Cortana and Search to innovate separately in an amicable Windows 10 Insider split

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Linux is so reliable...

...it even works when 'broken'.

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

cambsukguy

Indeed, and, as iPhones become less and less ubiquitous, it will be more and more difficult to share using iPhone-specific mechanisms.

I still see quite a few iPhones (I think the UK is more USA-like in this respect compared to Europe). However, they are hardly the default, de-facto or otherwise.

I hardly see them at all in my regular trips to Spain for instance.

cambsukguy

I find iPhones exactly the opposite of 'play well'. They may do so with their ecosystem but try taking a photo and sharing it with nearby phones users in all its 20MP glory.

"Just WhatsApp it to me", nope, quality is shit. FB, quality is shit. email? - I don't wanna give you an email just so you can save a 5MB file on the email system forever.

"Well, obviously, the answer is simple - Bluetooth it via NFC preferably. No Pairing, No fuss". Oh, right, you can't do that with an iPhone can you?

I pass 10 photos directly (when required 'right now' because the person wants it now or we don't wanna email OneDrive links etc.) just by NFC/BT sharing.

I am not gonna pay loads more money to lose the facility.

That's besides the rip-off prices, dubious robustness, lack of OLED screens (until recently), UX I despise (Jesus Christ, if you pop up a MODAL dialog that says the battery is flat, a la Windows 3!, at least REMOVE it automatically when I actually plug the thing in).

And, as for the notch, well, 'nuff said I think.

Whatchu got for us this week, Microsoft? Skype, Powerpoint tweaks and – oh – another foldable

cambsukguy

Just make a Windows PC...

… the size of a phone - even a biggish one.

Make sure the 'skin' makes it as much as possible like WinPhone, including a good, I mean GOOD, camera.

Add folding, add running 'real' PC Apps by ARM emulation if you wanna.

Make it thick, make it heavy, just MAKE it! Soon, my 950 is like good for another year, tops.

And yes, you may call it a Surface phone - it will have surfaces after all.

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

cambsukguy

Re: As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...

Climb a Ladder! That's Nothing!

When I got two kittens many moons ago, I would occasionally put them outside to get used to it.

Occasionally I would look out the window to check on them and one or both would often be a considerable distance up the outside wall of the house to my second floor 'office' window using nothing but razor sharp claws on ridged house brick for traction.

Amazing to watch.

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

cambsukguy

Re: According to the BBC...

At least someone thinks IPv6 might be the solution.

I suppose there must still be attack vectors but it does have some security-conscious thought in the design so perhaps would considerably more effort to hijack such large amounts of traffic.

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

cambsukguy

Re: Must have been a regional thing.

Or just a new battery, I bought an original one for £9 on eBay.

cambsukguy

Re: Shame to see it end like this.

My view was that allowing the project to run most Android Apps on WinPho would have allowed the platform to still exist.

This would have allowed the few (MS) Apps to be used for real work like email, office, browsing, maps etc. but also supported running the myriad Android Apps people must have.

MS could have curated the 'best', well-written Apps and put them in their own store, used MS services instead of Google and gained traction there too.

Their customer base would have been all those people who wanted to stick with WinPho and Google-haters in general, along with iPhones-cost-too-much folks and Android-is-a-basket-case people too.

Why did they cancel it? Because it was felt it would stop people developing for WinPho - well, that has already happened so why not just finished the project so that the phones could remain extant and the UX paradigm for touch etc. at least still had a reason to exist.

cambsukguy

Re: Shame to see it end like this.

If you had wanted to stick with WinPho, replacing a 925 with a 950 would have been a quantum leap in performance, and it has a removable battery. I picked up a perfect second-hand one for £70 on eBay to replace my son's 920 (of course still working but ever more difficult for Apps/battery etc. - at least it can be used as a weapon/doorstop/hammer/cutting board).

Of course, it is WP10 and has few or no Apps, except all the ones most people need of course.

There are three of us using 950s (and one using a 650) and none of us saw this email problem at all - literally the worst complaint, from a few weeks ago, was that tapping a mail notification did not always go to the mail but just opened the mail client at whatever point it happened to be, annoying but hardly a problem.

I am not saying it didn't happen, it obviously did for some, I am just wondering about the numbers.

Having a 950 gives me a about year or so more use and hope that there will be a reasonably-priced Android phone where I can switch off Google services and have a decent camera etc.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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Re: Can anyone tell me the advantage of face/print unlock?

My phone uses the Iris's so the eyes would have to be opened at least.

I think fingerprint scanners must be the easiest to use for sleep access, gently pressing the phone against the fingertip sounds simple indeed.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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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...'

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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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...

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

cambsukguy

Re: 16Kp120

Perhaps they watched Ready Player One?

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.

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.

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.

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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