* Posts by cambsukguy

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

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Re: No such thing on a MS Windows phone

Firstly, none of the people I know with a WinPhone has had a malicious app requiring termination.

Secondly, I am sure the Win key cannot be used by an app or intercepted - can't be sure but no apps I have ever used use it, it makes no sense to do so.

And finally, holding the power key takes one to the shutdown request screen, which, if not proceeded with, almost certainly allows the WIn key to have focus.

My WinPhone also allow the battery to be removed easily - but I have never needed to do it, ever.

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On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

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Re: If you've got UNIX...

> the ELIZA script cannot access the bloody camera

Are you sure about that?

Sticky tape is the only way to be sure, unless you nuke it from orbit of course.

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GnuPG crypto library cracked, look for patches

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I read it all...

...but I can't find the bit where Microsoft broke the package.

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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

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Re: Whilst I'm no fan of Microsoft..

> Microsoft word had all the word processing power that I (and a HUGE number of other people) needed in 2003

This is a common view - one I subscribed to - until I subscribed to the latest Office, having owned Office 200x.

Small things like having immediate visual views or feedback in menus of what you might or have done is useful.

O365 sends me emails of additional features (not a power user by any means) like the recent one that adds a 'Word Editor'. Ostensibly, just a the usual spell and grammar checker. But this system expands upon it, adds natural language analysis and analyses writing style etc.

Of course, many will find it an annoying hindrance (I think it is off by default though). However, may, like my foreign gf, will find it invaluable to reduce English faux paus.

Given that one can get five 'person' licenses for £70pa, each with 5 x 1TB of cloud storage and allowed use on a PC, mobile and tablet for all 5 users, this is not a bad price at all for the (always) latest version.

I know said gf, her dad and my son all appreciate it - even have a spare.

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Re: Whilst I'm no fan of Microsoft..

I can view all my calendars, shared or otherwise on my phone...

...without a third-party app.

I assumed al mobile OSs could do that, but then I am often surprised by what my phone does OOTB compared to others - especially when it comes to Office files and cloudy stuff.

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Microsoft brings caregiver leave home to US, plans to finish global rollout soon

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Sadly, didn't get past the interview stage

And it was with the research division.

But, I noticed everyone had enormous, twin monitors, when that was difficult.

When I mentioned that the snack machines didn't have money slots, the interviewer just pointed out that charging would be absurd given what the time lost for not having the right money etc. would cost anyway.

Still, was the only place I have worked where the drinks, food AND snack machine were free. That includes a lot of Blue Chip outfits too.

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Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

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It means that someone releases the info that HC used a private email server but makes it sound as if it were Treasonous, rather than something many in her position did previously.

It releases email information that suggests HC had views on subjects that some people might not like, perhaps 'Choice' and the death penalty or that she dislikes this person or that person.

It means stories like HC and someone else ran a Child P0rn ring out of a Pizza joint in DC.

Sufficient and continuous 'Fake News' can and does affect people, it increases confirmation bias and increases the likelihood of waverers moving to a given side.

It has taken a long time, with many still disputing the facts, for most of the (US) public to 'know' that Obama was born in the USA and is also not a Muslim.

And, since DT was in at the start (or started) that disgusting lie (the lie itself, not being non-American or a Muslim of course) - it says a great deal about the person without all the additional and ample evidence that he is not fit for office.

The simple fact is that it took only a small amount of swing in a small number of places to make the difference in the outcome.

It is like someone complaining of losing a race right at the end because the opponent (or a supporter) bumped them just near the line... "You cheated, not fair", "You lost, stop complaining". In this case, James Comey must take a significant amount of the blame - the irony is incredible given the current situation.

If only, like an Olympic medal, the Presidency could be taken and given to the next runner-up when malfeasance was detected and subsequently confirmed.

We can only hope that the system makes the maximum correction possible, despite the fact that a lunatic would be replaced by a nutcase.

In the meantime, we will enjoy the comedy and the fact that he hates his new life, because he didn't want it in the first place.

But then, I am not an American so I don't feel the abject shame that I would if I were.

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In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

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Re: I'd consider paying for Netflix but

I will bet serious money that you don't have a bigger collection of DVDs that their movie selection - despite the fact that you are right, it is small.

They decided against just making movies available because, quite rightly, they realise that anyone can do that and compete with them (Now TV for instance).

So, they make of lot of their own shows - and many of them of are pretty good.

As a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I am particularly are well served.

And, as a holder of a Cinema pass, I watch the movies you no doubt buy on DVD, at the cinema. It is better - no matter what your system is - and cheaper, I watch most adult releases so it costs about 2 quid a movie, excellent value really. And, of course, I see them earlier, which costs a serious premium with streaming services and DVDs.

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Re: What do Netflix staff do that requires all these not-brilliant stars?

Netflix is not a platform, like Amazon Fire, it is a service, like iPlayer.

So, no, there is no iPlayer available on Netflix.

Having tried, via my gf's Prime membership to occasionally find and watch something on Amazon Video, I can safely say it is garbage.

Hardly anything available for the 'Prime included' service, always offers up a price to view.

A rubbish interface, the same web page as Amazon shopping, just tripe.

No elegant Apps for lots of platforms like Netflix.

Almost no home-grown series.

I have a Netflix App in Win10 and WinPhone 10 (the same app).

It runs happily in Edge and (I think Firefox). Almost certainly Chrome (never checked).

It has an app on my kids' WinPhone 8.1 which still works just fine.

The Surface RT App (Win8.1) still works, and very nice it is too.

It even ran on the WP7.5, no longer used though.

It didn't run on my older Samsung smart TV but runs on Chromecast, fire sticks etc.

Basically Netflix wipes the floor with the other services so, as long as you are not requiring the latest movie releases (they went away from that to spend the money on making their own shows, they have a huge number of them these days) then you will be well satisfied..

I also share, quite acceptably, my login with my kids and gf, even on the cheapest service option, so it is damn good value for money too.

(Not being paid to plug Netflix...).

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

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Re: Typical: the EU showing muscles, where you DON'T need them

Almost the first thing you see when driving into Andorra is a Fuel station with long lines of cars getting filled up at much reduced prices.

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Re: I would suggest telco to save cutting ads, especially the expensive TV ones.

Richard Branson's company (Virgin) hasn't owned Virgin Media for some time now, it is owned by Liberty Media.

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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

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I regularly run three windows with 20 tabs or so spread across them in Edge.

I had a quick look just now, one tab was using 163MB and I nuked the process but could not work out which tab it was - these are content processes and nuking one just makes Edge pop it back up, often too fast to spot - good for leaky web pages though.

The total usage was about 1GB, dropping to 500MB when I killed the worst three processes.

CPU usage is under 10% when not doing too much.

In the early days Edge had to be restarted (which it is extremely good at) because of memory leaks. Now, I hardly ever even check, even though I only have an 8GB machine.

I like the fact that my tabs return always - no 'Well, this is embarrassing...'. As well as the extra tab that says "Erase all my tabs" - just in case that was actually what you wanted.

Sorry, but it is true, slurp or not.

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

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Re: Not sure what they used...

My mate told me (so it must be true) that they used Hamming codes which could correct for 7 incorrect bits in 8, requiring 256 bits to be sent for each 8 bits of final data.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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I love Scotland, its politics and its people especially.

It's the damn weather that stops me (and others that have tried) living there.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

Good cleaners are hard to find, although I think it is not training as much as mind-set really.

For instance, I have too much attention to detail and would take too long without quite a lot of pressure to do otherwise.

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Re: Christian Berger: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

All true, but the closer you sail to the wind, the more chance there is of a wreck.

The UK is fairly strong but there are some bad signals and some serious risks ahead, Brexit - a risk we did not need to take - being one of the largest.

Brexit is not an opportunity as much as a risk because all of the flux and change, seriously expensive change, none of which help the economy, which will (literally) tax the nation.

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Re: so a subset of a subset of Windows phone users ?

You really are AC.

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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

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NASDAQ, 12 months. 34%.

I wish my value grew at that rate. I am sure they are gutted over at MS.

Their purpose is to make that number bigger for the people that own shares. They are doing that and people think that they will keep doing that, hence the increase.

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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Just because it was Linux doesn't mean you have the same version.

Windows 10 is just another version of Windows but is not XP (which was version 6?).

A Linux installed in 1999 does not have security patches available, it has what Windows has, OS upgrades and replacements, which include and have security updates.

The reason that all (or most) Linux users have upgraded of course, is that it is free.

Ironically, Linux is less likely to be attacked anyway, by several orders of magnitude I imagine.

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HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa

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HAAC lost - I don't think so

> The former Nokia phone team at Microsoft hasn't skimped on anything here. Both models have a high resolution (1440 x 2560 pixel) AMOLED display, wireless charging, removable battery, expandable storage, HAAC rich audio recording, and the same stellar 20MP main imaging unit.

From a Register review - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/08/microsoft_lumia_950_review_lumia_950xl_review/

I can vouch for it too since I replaced a Lumia 1020 - which had brilliant audio recording - with a 950 - which has even better audio recording.

We were at a concert recently and both made a couple of short recordings; what struck me was the stability of the video, both on the screen and of the resulting video of course. We saw other screens (all the time); they just judder and shake and wobble and must produce the most sick-inducing results.

As for audio, I have watched peoples video of concerts and am utterly staggered by the fact that they pay twice or three times what I did for a phone and get garbage audio, distorted and, and, just awful, while our phones produce very clear, if perhaps quiet results (for a Rock concert at least). Recordings of her Karaoke efforts (because she can actually hold a tune) are so clear I am constantly impressed by it.

So, HAAC is present and correct on Lumias it seems.

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Comey was loathed by the left, reviled by the right – must have been doing something right

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Re: infuriated those people who know a thing or six about encryption

If each individual device had a separate 'backdoor' encryption key that was random and unique to that device, created at manufacture and only stored by (say) the FBI/NSA/GCHQ or something then the only way to gain access to all devices would be to steal the entire file system holding the records, which would hardly be kept in one place anyway.

Since a theft like that would mean the FBI et al was compromised, it is hardly a real risk.

I think people think a back door is a single password or key, the same for all machines, which would be dumb as shit obviously.

But a unique key for every devices' CPU?, can't see how it would allow black hats in at all.

Not saying I agree, don't really, really see the need, the UK has serious penalties for those that refuse to open their devices so it is really just terrorists and crime-lords that are a target - they would probably just add an encryption app for sensitive data.

Added to the fact that WhatsApp and such encrypt their messages anyway, there is already double encryption, although I am not sure if messages are held in plain text on the device (notwithstanding device storage encryption), seems unlikely.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

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Re: Business case

Apart from the unlikely case of phones that run x86 stuff in continuum mode etc. I imagine it is because an ARM laptop might run for 20 hrs instead of 10 for an Intel-based one.

That is a USP on its own, nothing else needed. A bit slower is fine, even the odd extra crash for something not emulated correctly yet or some timing problem with a game etc.

After a year or so, most of the issues will be sorted by helpful owners and their unwitting testing and a stable, low-power full Win10 on ARM will be popular I would think.

I suspect the Surface phone will finally appear as one of the first products using the system. And it will be popular with road warriors, managers and tech types I am sure - as well as looking good as a flagship Phone alongside a Surface Tablet and Surface laptop, all with ARM on board.

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Reminds me of the time a friend wrote an 8051 emulation, with support for our specific HW, serial ports etc., in C on a PC. It did indeed only take him a day or so to flesh out a working base.

It allowed us to run the code without bothering with the silly device boards etc until it worked well enough to do so.

It ran faster of course despite emulation so had to be slowed to match where required by timing loops etc.

Ah, the days where two of us coded the entire device from boot, mind you, python allows that for modern embedded systems too, as long as there is an entire OS present first.

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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Re: Bye bye Android

Then buy a low-end WinPhone and get the best of both, long battery life and most important Apps when you need them.

Most of the 'bloatware' is removable, if you regard Skype and free Office as bloatware that is.

And, as for worrying about viruses on WP - I don't think so, I have yet to read of a successful attack, they are non-existent or extremely rare.

Oh, and Metrotube manage to make YouTube elegant and usable despite Google best efforts to stop them.

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Yet our three 'crappy' Surface RTs, still getting updates, security and more, still 'play videos' and browse the web (wow!).

They also still run Skype, Mail works as normal and Netflix is smooth.

In fact, everything seems to work as well (or better in some cases) as when they were purchased.

It is true they get minimal use, travel and other less common uses where toting a laptop is unwarranted.

I can't believe people tolerate either very poor support, even for the best supported devices or, good support but large overpricing and then insult and ridicule WinPhone because it lacks Apps. At least the Apps it has work (on the whole) and the battery lasts (and is removable in a 950) and the cameras/audio recording are superb and the support is excellent and the cost is low.

As much as I would like the odd extra App (Santander, are you there?), I would much rather have a more secure device with the added capability over an iOS device (storage expansion, working Bluetooth, that sort of thing) for (much) less money.

I find this App addiction by anyone other than a teenager desperate to be 'in' rather strange in fact.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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Re: It won't be seeing my computer

You don't have to 'switch' to private browsing, you can start a private window with right click from the taskbar.

I presume you can also create a shortcut to open one directly and pace that on the task bar or desktop, but I didn't look further.

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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Re: No Windows Phone Version?

My WP authenticator got updated very recently and does have the 'accept' button in the sample images. I only use the authenticator to log into Lastpass usually because the PC never logs me out of the MS system.

I couldn't get a login attempt to prompt me to use the mobile Accept thing though although, since it is on the samples I presume it is an active feature.

As I said, I use it so never that it is kinda meaningless for me and typing the six digits is almost as fast anyway.

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Samsung's Shixby: Reviewers unimpressed with S8 digital assistant

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Been using the Camera for translate...

...for literally years, it worked pretty damn well on everything from my Lumia 920 through the 1020 and now a 950, doubly so with data available without roaming costs in Spain and other places I need the feature.

Moreover, the app I use places the translated text hovering over the original, at the same size, whatever the angle etc., with a freeze feature to allow actual study/reading - most impressive though perhaps they all do that? Do they all allow downloading of languages to do it all offline?

No good at all though in an Eritrean restaurant I went to recently, in the UK I might add.

What does an S8 cost £700?, they can go screw themselves if they think I would pay that for a (I assume) nice curved screen.

I guess I am not the target market, oh well.

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No, Microsoft is not 'killing Windows 10 Mobile'

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Re: Not strictly true....

hmm, that seems hugely at odds with my HP printer experience.

Obviously, I treat my HP printers like garbage, same as every else.

My 1020, USB printer is now doing duty for my gf, reliably, with a cartridge years old, used weekly perhaps for the odd page, it is getting on for 12 years old I think.

It's replacement, 1102 wireless, is also not used too often but works, with a non-HP cartridge these days, again rarely (I do not print much anymore).

I had one HP, a colour inkjet, that was less than good, the paper feed required too much attention to work and I stopped using it, but compared to the screaming Epson thing it replaced at that time, I still preferred it.

And I bought two second-hand HP Envy laptops, having had an HP laptop that I didn't like 10 years earlier and, especially for the price (450 apiece), am well pleased - HD touch screen, fingerprint reader, 1TB drive. 4GB RAM (upgraded to 8 at purchase though), lit keyboard, Beats audio (it is better than standard at least).

I would be willing to give an HP WinPhone a chance, if I didn't have a Lumia 950 that is. The Lumia is good for at least two more years, probably more. I am sure there will be a replacement by then or WP will be no more by definition - possibly because of x86 capable phones making them basically Win10 computers in a handheld format.

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Re: Alas poor WinPho I knew him well

Of all the insults thrown at WinPho, slow and unresponsive was not one of them - it almost always was Apps - something I rarely care about (a single bank app notwithstanding, come on Santander!).

Perhaps the 735 was less good but I know people with 550s and 435s who like how zippy their incredibly low-end devices are. I doubt anything Android for the same money could match the performance and definitely the support, which runs to years for even the lowest of the low.

And the cameras seem to be in a different league from the utter shite I have from similarly-priced phones.

If anyone can find camera producing pictures of the quality of the Lumia 950 at 250 quid for the same (or quiet lot more) money, I would be surprised indeed.

My girlfriend is constantly being asked what she took the pic with because of the clarity and quality of the output, even when posted on crappy fb and WhatsApp.

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Re: Not dead but hard to buy

I got my kids 650 from Argos last year, he stood on it (I am guessing) and broke the LCD (but not the glass).

I bought a second-hand one from eBay for 60 quid, less than the repair cost.

I see Argos only do the 550 now, only 60 quid, less phone than the 650 though.

The 650 is a lovely looking phone and a very good phone for the price, has SD card expansion crucially.

They are available on Amazon new and used though.

As for support, I think older WinPhones might still get security updates but I really doubt they are needed, very few people have them, they don't run x86 code, they are very difficult to compromise - I don't think I have ever read of one having a virus for instance.

My other kids' 920 is still rockin' as a phone and Reddit reader basically all the time.

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Precedent will occur

We will have precedent and case law in a few years.

A few trips up to the highest courts and lawyers will be quoting cases for and against blaming the vehicle (and thus the SW and HW therein) for various kinds of incidents.

The Tesla/truck crash which killed the driver must already have started the ball rolling - the system can't just allow Tesla to state 'Hmm, didn't see that truck - will tweak the algo' despite requiring the driver to essentially never use the actual 'self-driving' tech.

Once they start blaming the car tech, the flood gates will open and other tech will start getting blamed for stuff - 'I didn't WANT two tons of creamed corn, it was Alexa's fault"!

Obligatory xkcd

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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Re: Well, duh ..

That may be true but there is still the matter of the 11 % NI contribution that is payable on salary, by the employee. This affects most middle income workers, the very well paid can treat it as a smaller hit since it stops being applied at around 45k.

To most people it changes the basic rate to 31% for a goodly chunk of their income. Contractors basically save 'tax' by saving on NI contributions.

Which seems fair since they get no sick pay, including statutory; no Maternity leave, no Paternity leave and so on. Until the pension changes were made, they also did not pay into the 'system' and so got nothing in return from that system.

Contractors can earn a lot of money when all is going well, and this is why many do it. It is, however, not always an easy gig, involving travel, living away form home for long periods etc. Often the actual work is the scut work, with permie staff getting (quite correctly) the design and architect elements of the project etc.

I have also noticed that contract rates have not risen a great deal of late where permie salaries do have appeared to.

Everyone gets a choice though, if you think contracting is easy and well paid, become one, if you think permies get a cushy deal, become one - our industry is pretty flexible and opportunities allow most to choose which to be.

I for one think it is time to stop and live on less, the tax rate changes made to dividends not that long ago basically pushed me to early retirement.

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HMRC emits IR35 tax calculator onto the web for UK contractors

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What you have to remember is... There is no cake

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law

Perhaps, if it is illegal, they won't be able to do it.

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Re: Ah! "The gentler, kinder politics of the left"

About 50% of people have Democrat leanings and about 50% have Republican leanings.

Both groups have Murderers, Rioters, Paedophiles, Burglars, Shoplifters and all other things under the sun in them.

Democrats are not all good people (see above sample list).

The general view is that Democrats (left-leaning people) simply want to see a more equal society, say votes for Women or Transgender rights, equal pay.

Republicans (right-leaning people) tend to think that letting people keep all the money they earn, with the least amount taken in tax to allow support for those in 'real' need, works best.

But, even in the USA, almost everyone believes that School should be free and compulsory - logic would dictate that people find and pay for school themselves and tough-luck on those who cannot - should have worked harder.

This is actually what it used to be like of course. In fact, the USA has a higher percentage of people with money (compared with the UK) putting their kids in 'state' schools (which are called public schools just to be confusing).

And, obviously, the USA thinks that 'nationalising' the Military is a given too. Why don't all the states have their own armies? Why don't the Cities use private Militias? Because they know that some things require Government control.

The continuous need to regulate things that had been given too much freedom, such as the 'Markets', prove that unfettered 'Capitalism' simply doesn't work - just like pure Communism doesn't work.

The best current answers seem to be a mix of Capitalism with controls - the main argument is how far to control. The Chinese system appears less reliable to me at this point.

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> America has not been exceptional since the early '70s, if it could make that claim in seriousness

America is heading towards being Brazil, while Brazil tries not be at the same time.

More and more gated communities, more and more people losing their home to reverse mortgages with clauses allowing repossession for the slightest reason.

All it will mean is that the rich have more money and more need of security to try to stay safe from those who resent it, many of whom may well be armed.

I can't really understand the logic of already-rich people just trying to get even richer, especially if it lowers their quality of life by reducing their overall safety.

It is not a surprise that many of the best countries to live in the world are Scandinavian, and it isn't the weather.

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The Orange One is as far from Machiavellian as it might be possible to get, in a person in power that is.

Machiavellian would have been to lie and lie during the campaign and then implement Hillary's agenda as was the plan all along, some even believed it might be the case, she was at his wedding I believe.

Let's hope he gets bored and quits.

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Re: About time

Record numbers of cars made and sold, massive increase in rough sleeping.

The divide and conquer, rich get richer at the expense of the poor paradigm seems to be doing rather well.

Seems like retirement to Spain is ever more likely - avoiding Cataluña of course.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: 2 years?

> which 52 million idiots believed and put us in a right mess

Um, 17.4 million idiots.

And, of course, many of those may have been voting Leave for other reasons and not believed that figure anyway.

Of course, if the NHS *did* get the 100 Million a week that we would save if we completely leave and pay zero to (say) a customs union, it would make an improvement to the service.

But they won't spend that money and we will have less of it (than we would) anyway.

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Re: 2 years?

> and the EU looses (sic) 20-25% of it's funding

Hmm, According to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_statistics, we give 13.05% of the total EU budget and the EU spend 7.78% of same in return here.

Total actual saving for leaving completely, 13,739,900,046 - 8,294,200,000 = 5445700046 (Euro)

That is over 100 Million a week, to be sure, but the EU budget is 2.04 Billion a week.

So losing us is losing about 5% of the total budget, not insignificant but not deadly serious either.

OTOH:

The UK GDP was 2849 Billion in 2015. 5 Billion (pounds) is about 0.18% of that GDP. For context, we give about half that amount in Aid (albeit probably to get some trade in return).

So, if the economists are right about a 4% drop in GDP, the saving will change that to 3.82% drop.

Anyone thinking that exiting the EU will give us all more money can't do maths at all.

I suppose any price is worth paying for sovereignty, for some. Personally, I prefer most EU legislation to our own.

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Re: Plausible

And I suspect that slim majority would not be present now.

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Father of Android II: A Hardware Comeback

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Re: connector

> No, it's on somebody else's computer (DropBox's). It isn't on your Mac until you transfer it there - which you could do from your phone when you got home

In my case, it is on my OneDrive AND on my computer, since it is mostly on. If not, it arrives fairly quickly thereafter. Doesn't DropBox map their cloud to one's hard drive too if desired?

Although, I have the Wi-Fi only switch for my picture uploads (possibly to change since I have 4GB data now).

If my pics were important, I would have the switch on for sure.

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Re: connector

> I have hope that USB-C will do it but I have to wait for it to filter down to a reasonably priced phone

Presumably you mean not a Windows phone since the Lumia 950 uses USB-C and is, by any standard, reasonably priced.

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

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Re: over engineered

If your gun is in a safe, I would imagine it is loaded in that safe, especially if it is a revolver - and it would be, since it is for self-defence and needs to be reliable.

If it is a pistol, the magazine might well not be in the gun but these can be loaded quite quickly - the issue might be leaving a loaded magazine, they are not as reliable if left (fully) loaded.

TBH, given how quickly my laptop responds to a finger swipe - even a crappy one - I would have thought a gun in a safe opened by finger with a swipe would be pretty good and offer quite high security against access by children etc.

But, 'murricans and their guns are ill separated, I don't envy those who try.

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Windows 10 memory management changes to give Hyper-V more headroom

cambsukguy
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Re: Hmm...

I can see Word adding a new request for memory every time you typed a character.

I suspect most coders, including me, allocate some space for a task, often the most they might reasonably expect to be used by most users.

This allocation is then extended when needed, using whatever algorithm seems reasonable, another block the same size, a percentage of the original, increasing in size as demand increases etc.

There is no easy, simple solution to any of these problems, memory, security etc. If it was easy and simple then most, if not all programmers, would avoid the pitfalls we see all the time.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

cambsukguy
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Re: Why is font rendering in the kernel in the first place?

My guess would be performance - it usually is with kernel stuff.

Font rendering is used continuously, for almost everything. Having a separate process to perform tasks for every other process would need massive amounts of inter process communications.

The kernel is there, always available, always fast - I can see the attraction.

And, from what I read about Linux, more than ever seems to be going into that kernel too.

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

cambsukguy
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Re: Sullenberger: the movie

The movie has an shocking/exciting opening, mostly deals with the NTSC investigation and Tom Hanks is, as always, good.

I was struck by how much the NTSC seemed (in the movie) to have it in for our hero though.

"...crash..."

"Forced landing"

"What?"

"It wasn't a crash, it was a forced landing on water"

Having lived in Toulouse for a little watching the Airbus Belugas fly in and out, it was interesting to see their Simulators in the movie.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

cambsukguy
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People say 'It works, don't bother replacing it' but I don't see that in the car market at all.

I treat my car just like my PC, tablet and phone (mostly), keep using it until it breaks (or a large lump of concrete in the road breaks it for me).

But, I see people with new cars that had 'nearly new' cars all the time, and cars cost a lot more than PCs. New cars have some innovation but it isn't worth the price (to me at least). I think it is because they are mostly 'rented' and people just see the monthly cost; the lease expires and they get the next one. This may explain why companies replace PCs of course, they often lease them. But, the issue of retraining for a new OS means a lot of extra cost which may prevent changes.

The main issue for PCs is the one everyone mentions, PCs are just not required as much any more. I use (this) laptop (second-hand, c £500 but quite nice) for the usual stuff but connect it to a telly and it does a lot more (no chromecast etc. required). I use it for some of the Linux work I do too when needed (courtesy Oracle VM). Most people do not do even that.

Many people bought a tablet and immediately removed a large part of the need for a PC. Phones already were making PCs less needed.

Most people's PC still does what they need, because even iPlayer and other video streaming etc. requires almost no CPU power and little GPU power.

Few people edit their videos or need high power Photoshop type programs. Word (et al) runs easily on an ordinary machine.

Since no-one else 'sees' their fancy new PC, people will not treat it like a car (a status symbol), hence way more iPhones in evidence than makes sense from an economic point of view. This also explains why 'cool' all-in-ones and super-slim laptops sales hold up well - you can show them off in coffee shops and University cafes.

There is no chance of a new OS 'making' people upgrade. It is hard to show it off for starters.

We would need a true AI, super-clever device that needed some new hardware and OS to work; then people might upgrade. Don't hold your breath.

Meanwhile, people just buy a 'smart' speaker and get the same power, cheaply, cause 'the cloud' means someone else runs the powerful machine for you.

At least PC makers have the opportunity to shrink without too much pain, diversify, make similar but different machines (Smart Speakers!) and supply the fixed, corporate use that (I think) will continue for the forseeable.

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

cambsukguy
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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

@lost_all_faith, You must be new here or like down-votes, dissing a Linux distro, especially the minty one crazy I tell you, crazy.

Makes me wonder if a future Android version (as I am sure there will be) will also be called Mint; a bit short but it is a sweetie.

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