* Posts by fruitoftheloon

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For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

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@Packet: Re: I was using FaceId (or whatever)

Packet,

are you having a laugh or just not terribly bright???

I mean, having quite a few GB of music stored (inaccessibly) in the cloud out here in the countryside just makes so much more sense than HAVING IT IN THE F'ING PHONE, doesn't it now?

Has it ever occurred to you that some folk may have different reqs to you, e.g. I f'ing hate touchscreens, so guess what - my phone has a keyboard!?

Cheers,

Jay

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Google slides text message 2FA a little closer to the door

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@nagyeger: Re: embrace... extend... bloat?

Big G's new idea may not be perfect, BUT some of us who live in the country have shite mobile signal at home, plus the walls of our house are 2-3 ft thick.

Bizarrely Visa have introduced sms 2fa for my wife's account - she doesn't get ANY signal at all near the house.

The net result of which is that visa won't get used as much in our household - silver lining etc.

Cheers,

Jay.

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BlackBerry Motion lurches into UK stores

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@John Smith 19: Re: "removing Facebook extends battery life...

JS19,

I picked up my keyone from carphone warhouse - it has zero annoying clutter, incredible battery life - with light use it gets charge up about twice a week, which isn't too shabby, and the keyboard is AWESOME - especially the whizzy shortcuts.

Cheers,

Jay

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@Ken Moorhouse Re: I was in my local EE shop the other week...

Ken,

prior to moving to a new Keyone, I got the only Android app I needed on my Passport [todoist] by copying the .apk across from my tablet.

It whinged that it wouldn't work without google play services... then worked just fine.

Give it a go, you never know...

Cheers,

Jay.

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@AJM

AJM,

the fingerprint scanner works so far 99.999% of the time, and it is FAST, individual apps may also ask if they can use it too (such as evernote), which is brill.

Also the sound quality is very good indeed - with some half-decent headphones natch.

Cheers,

Jay

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DXC slashes meal allowances for travelling troops: Please sir, may I have some more?

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Whinging bar stewards...

I left Capita head office just over ten years ago, the per diem was £25 then, which I thought was more than adequate...

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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I am not making this up

One of the reasons we moved to our little thatched cottage in Devon is that our village has a cheese factory AND four pubs!!!

Proof that there is a god, and she is fabulous!

Jay

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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@Anne-Lise Peach

Anne-Lise,

I charge my Blackberry Keyone about every three days, I find the BB keyboard (which doe lots of VERY useful stuff) to be a fabby 'droid.

Ooi Carphone warehouse usually stock them if you wanted to give one a test drive...

Ymmv.

Cheers,

Jay.

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AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

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@AC:Re: I've thought of this often

Ac,

well it's not quite a mill house, but our 16c thatched cob cottage [literally] in the middle of Devon has the BT Infinity thingyamabobby, which methinks isn't too shabby...

Cheers,

Jay.

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Tesla hit with official complaint over factory conditions

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the-triggerer: Re: Green statists' silence speaks loudly

t-t,

I have tried to figure out what you are prattling on about.

I failed...

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Microsoft's fix for web graphics going AWOL? Disable your antivirus

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@Ken Hagan: Re: Who'd be a web designer?

Ken,

err wrong, I do.

Jay

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If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016

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@AC

Dear AC,

yes, there's this whizzy thing called VBA, which you can do some awesome stuff with!!!

Here we run a business, not a church that worships everything not made by Microsoft.

Ooi Win 10 drives me nuts and the ribbon in office is one of the stupidest 'improvements' I have ever seen on a bit of software.

Ymdv.

Jay

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Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life

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@DougS: Re: @fruitoftheloon

Doug,

yup, agree with you almost completely.

Whizzy tech is great [it pays my bills], but 9X% of the population hereabouts aren't going to be spending £30-70k on a new whizzy autodoodical vehicle at any point in the future are they now???

Cheers,

Jay

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Re: @LeeE

LeeE,

I will type this bit SLOWLY.

There are many roads [for a legal definition of a road] that are not much wider than a car around here.

I don't get the sarcy cheekiness my friend.

It will be 'forbidden' on all medium and major routes - what are you on? [more to the point which country are you living in?] - how is that going to work for new/ancient tractors and commercial vehicles?

Also those big green things called plants/trees have a friggin annoying habit of not obeying rules about how they grow/fall/snap/get hit, an interesting edge case don't ya think????

How do you think the wheat/maize/milk/cheese/ham/steak/mutton is going to get from a field to your table???

I don't think you have really thought this through, 'cos what you are advocating is called A RAILWAY....

Thanks for your input anyway!.

Cheers,

Jay

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Re: @Robert Helpmann: Another way of looking at automatic braking.

Robert,

likewise Sir!, I used to live in a pleasant green-ish bit on the outskirts of London.

Having it both ways is a most admirable ambition!

Cheers,

Jay

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@Robert Helpmann: Re: Another way of looking at automatic braking.

Robert,

would I be correct in assuming that you reside in a built-up metropolis somewhere??

Just wondered...

Jay

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@LeeE

LeeE,

are you having a larf?

I live in the middle of Devon, when going through Dartmoor, how the feck is an auto car going to cope reversing up a hill on a road that is wide enough for one vehicle when an arctic [semi] is coming the other way??

Devon, like most of England, has many roads that are literally as wide as a footpath, how is your whizzy car going to navigate through that then???

I would love an auto car for the 1k mile round trip to see my folks and the mother-in-law, but on proper roads in the country? yeah right...

Cheers,

Jay

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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@J R Hartley: Re: Poor Design

JRH,

even worse, if Microsoft built a car, the handbrake would be in the boot [trunk] and you could only turn left if you had a pink bobble hat on and yellow socks...

Cheers,

Jay.

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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@wolfetone

Wolfetone,

if I remember to deliberately keep my mouth open whilst chopping onions, the effect is lessened - presumably I am breating in more of the compound in the immediate atmosphere - so less 'lands' in my eyes...

Cheers,

Jay

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Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

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Re: AC:Re: This seems similar to the global snooping (encryption) issue.

AC,

there is not-a-littie irony in that someone hiding behind the cowards curtain thinks that it is OK for any form of fishing expedition to be used to 'pin the dirt' on someone

Which btw is the logical conclusion of your [I label it this reluctantly] "thought process".

Civilised [for a given value thereof] countries have due process, and there is a jolly good reason for that...

Been on any marches recently???

Regards,

Jay

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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2+2=5: Re: @Michael H.F. Wilkinson: Your thinking about it wrong...

Well, you would hope the lucky bunny would get overtime for each 'sheesh' too...

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@AC: Re: Caption Contest

AC,

is that some trendy game???

Jay

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@Michael H.F. Wilkinson: Re: Your thinking about it wrong...

Michael,

not even close matey, can you imagine how boring it must be to have the job of sitting in front of a microphone all day and having to say "mind the doors" EXACTLY the same way just before the doors on the lift are about to close???

Sheesh...

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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@Allan George Dyer: Re: @King Jack:

AGD,

ah, but bearing how fast them there particles come out of the linear accelerator, look at the options for long-distance treatment eh?

Cheers,

Jay

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@King Jack:

KJ,

indeed, when I mention to folk that my wife works in the local hospital, the reply has ALWAYS been "is she a nurse then?"

My reply usually stuns them: "nah, she has a masters in particle and astrophysics and is head of radiotherapy cancer treatment".

Funnily enough most of those assuming she is a nurse are female, NONE of male acquaintances have ever made the same assumption in the midst of a conversation etc.

Have one on me boyo!

Cheers,

Jay

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Brickbat unwraps in lap of crap Snapchat yap app technocrat brats after stock splat mishap

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Yes!

...and i'll read the article in the morning.

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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@itzman: Re: Market research

Itzman,

yup, I'm one of them....

Have one on me!

Cheers!!

Jay

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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

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@Haldus the minor

Haldus,

are you old enough to use a computer without a grown-up making sure you don't venture into dodgy waters?

I was going to ask if you were a virgin, but that may have been inappropriate...

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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@Dominion: Re: @Sabroni

Dominion,

you haven't quite thought this one through have you matey???

So you think that people who own a bit of a company (via their shareholdings) should pay more tax.

So what happens to companies or organisations (such as pension funds) that own shares in other companies, should they be paying more tax as well??

Jay.

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@Sabroni

Sabroni,

a question for you, why shouldn't folk who have presumably worked there derrieres off earn £x out of a company that they may have built from scratch, whilst potentially not having a f'ing clue how to pay some of the bills in Y months time??

It's called taking risks matey, and most people FAIL, which means some succeed.

The politics of envy perchance???

Ooi how many people does the current business you setup employ?

The above aside, the dickhead in question does sound like a pillock of the first order...

Cheers,

Jay

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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@andy 103: Re: @45RPM

Andy,

it's a shame I can only give you one upvote! I say this not in jest, have you considered going into politics?

I'd vote for you matey...

Cheers,

Jay

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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malle-herbert: Re: Looks like Microsoft is copying Apple...

m-h,

you do realise there are other non-weather related backup options?

I find an Apple timecapsule quite adequate for our reguirements.

Ymmv.

Cheers,

Jay

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ICO fines Morrisons for emailing customers who didn't want to be emailed

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@wolfetone

Wolfetone,

how many mums have you got??

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

lorisarvendu

right, I'll type really slowly....

Have you heard of the IMF? Do you know the reasons why they have been called in in recent decades to help countries get out of deep, dark, fiscally sharp holes?

They have been called quite a lot in Euroland in recent decades - the UK included, do you know what party was in charge then?

Which party kindly left a note for the Exchequer [somewhat in jest] recently saying 'there is no money left'...?

You're also half right in that HMG can usually assume to be rolling over debt as it matures, but our children and grandchildren will be funding it out of general taxation, for debts that are being accrued NOW...

There is no such thing as a free lunch matey!

Cheers,

Jay

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@Mark 110: Re: @PapaD: Christian Berger: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

Mark,

yup! I agree with you completely.

May I also point out that I didn't state that CT should be canned?!

Thanks,

Jay

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

PD,

it's a tax on economic productivity, for money which could otherwise have been passed onto shareholders [increased dividends] staff [higher salary and/or more employees] and customers [reduced prices].

And yes, I have worked for myself for years, and done my own sole-trader/ltd co accounts.

And no, I certainly don't think that it shouldn't exist, but no matter what ideology one believes or which party you do or don't follow, simply hiking CT will not result in a corresponding increase in actual money coming in, but some politicians never learn...

Thanks for your input.

Jay

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

Christian,

economics 101:

Earn £100/month

Continually spend £100 month and another £20 'borrowed' from someone, at a cost of £25 a month.

You're fucked.

At some point the money going out needs to kind of match that which is coming in, otherwise the kind folk that are funding the disparity will demand such a premium that the house of cards will come crashing down, which in the UK is pronounced 'A Labour Government'.

There are a few choices for any government:

- spend less

- tax more

- do both

FYI companies do not pay taxes, their shareholders, employees and shareholders do, if the government takes an ever increasing amount of other peoples money, there is always a point of diminishing return.

It would appear that the Rt. Hon. Jeremy hasn't quite figured that out yet...

Cheers,

Jay

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Eh what?

'Clear and obvious logic in staying' [in the EU]?

I mean, horrific youth unemployment, lots of screwed economies - which are hamstrung by the EU and ECB policies, a refugee policy which INCREASED the horrific plight of those already in desperate situations, many folk across Euroland being none-too-happy with the performance of their leaders...

Yup, why would anyone possible want out of that?

And for the benefit of the inevitable mute downvoters, I have no problem whatsoever with folk from overseas choosing to move to and live/work in the UK. BUT I understand why others may not share that viewpoint.

Love the rest of the article tho!

Jay

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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@Def: Re: 4 Processors Chips which could be 88 cores, 6TB of RAM...

Def,

you do realise that there are a number of reasons WHY MS (and not Google/Apple) are determined that the victims (sorry, customers) should be able to run an app on their desktop or their phone...

They think there is a substantial benefit to their 'customers'.

I think they are even more deluded than usual - and that is saying something...

Cheers,

Jay

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Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

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Right...

Well horses for courses, BUT I have never used Siri on my MBP, seems like a half-arsed idea if ever I heard one.

And this 'speaker' will sound SHITE, in our kitchen we have £200 of Tibo Plus 3, I recently used them for PA purposes in our village hall - I was surprised how well they worked, and they sound frikkin amazing for the money (and modest size).

Fools and their money...

Jay

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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@ Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese: Re: Windows 98

HN-B,

you think you're old, I remember the joys of Windows 286....?

Regards,

Jay

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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@gingerone

They aren't....

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the other data centre...

I left Capita 10 yrs, ago, we had a v v important internal system in West Malling and a 'warm' Dr standby in the other data centre.

We did a real fail-over test (ironically) on my last day, it worked fine...

I wonder if some of those afflicted by this fsck up haven't been paying for a warm/hot DR, if not, TOUGH SHIT!!!

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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@Tachikoma: Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

Tachikoma,

in case you weren't aware, we do not necessarily need a receipt in the UK for warranty purposes, [iirc] the actual wording in the legislation is 'reasonable proof of purchase'.

Either way if they give me any sh!t like that when I am about to purchase something, my reply is a polite but firm No!

In my experience most low-level bods doing that job don't mind in the least...

Cheers,

Jay

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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@julian.smith: Re: @big_D: Banking

Julian,

First Direct, which is owned by HSBC.

Cheers,

Jay

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@big_D: Re: Banking

big_D,

likewise [in the UK] my bank allows two types of e-banking logon, if I don't generate a string on the little gizmo in my wallet, I cannot setup any new payee destinations, if I logon to e-banking with the gizmo, I can.

And it uses part of the a/c code for the generation of the unique key that I have to type back into the browser.

So pretty good, not a pain in the butt and works!

Obvs I have no clue how robust the underlying schema and approach is, but there is only so much you can do...

Cheers,

Jay,

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

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@cb7: Re: Deathly silence

Cb,

I take it that you didn't actually rtfa???

Are you old enough to use a computer without adult supervision???

/sighs

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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@Oh homer: Re: Forced to support forever

Oh homer,

in principle I agree with you, there are many health care capabilities that have VERY specialised kit, wifeys team has a cluster of whizzy Dell kit that does incredible number crunching and real-time modelling for radiotherapy treatment, what chance is there of a team of well-intentioned souls developing something to replace it???

We live in hope...

Cheers,

Jay

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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@Sean12: Re: @AlbertH: XP

Sean,

I don't ever remem hearing of or meeting a Richard Granger...

Cheers,

Jay

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