* Posts by fruitoftheloon

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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@AC:Re: There's portable... and then there's portable

AC,

I once had some critical stuff to finish over the weekend, so the company got taxis to help me take a microvax & VT340 home for the weekend...

Now that was HEAVY.

Jay

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Apple's HomePod beams you up into new audio dimensions

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Re: @SuccessCase:Love the Picture (with the Hacksaw)

SC,

my friend, I have no interest in other folks reviews; I am however very interested in my ears.

I heard it in the apple store, and for what it is, it is quite acceptable, what it clearly IS not is hi-fi, I have never been one for willy-waving where hi-fi is concerned, but I shall make an exception:

- we have a very good Sony SACD player, which we play SACD and normal discs on

- we have more than good enough speaker cable, which whilst not in rip-off territory, is more than good enough

- a £600 onkyo amp, which apparently gets good reviews

- and lots of big & good tannoy speakers (the front ones were even made in England)

This, all together SOUNDS GOOD to my ears, the homepod DOESN'T

Let me re-iterate, I didn't say that I am right and everyone else is wrong -'cos it's subjective.

If folk had only ever heard their music played on a phone (or via their dreadful Beats headphones) then heard it on a homepod they would rightly consider it a substantial improvement-and it is.

But hi-fi? err no...

Btw I regularly work with pro musicians and my main client has a very nice recording studio here in Devon, so I think I have better experience of quality audio than Joe or Jane average...

Thanks for your engagement anyway.

Jay

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@SuccessCase:Re: Love the Picture (with the Hacksaw)

SC,

you are laving a laugh aren't you? I was picking up my [repaired] MBP yesterday in the Exeter apple store yesterday, the remarkably keen 'yoof' staff were demonstrating the Homepod.

You can measure performance in any way you like, but if it doesn't actually SOUND good, what's the point?

It sounds f'ing diabolical, we have £200 of Tibo Plus 3 speakers on our kitchen dresser, and comparing the two is like putting a transistor radio against a proper hifi.

For reference we have £3.5k of tannoy speakers in the lounge and I have some pretty good Tannoy monitors in my study, so I know what quality should sound like...

I can see why some folk would love it, that's just fine, but hi-fi? No way...

Ymdv

Jay

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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@AC:Re: ATT drone

AC,

love it, but do you realise what the REALLY scary thing is?

Some of these f'wits HAVE CHILDREN...

Cheers,

Jay

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Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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My ha'pennies

I left there 11 years ago, I had a pretty good 6 years or so, based at head office, after I left, the new boys at the top table were definitely of the same calibre as the old guard, imho...

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F-35 flight tests are being delayed by onboard software snafus

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@Steelpillow: Re: Still, one day...

Sp,

would i be wrong in assuming that you either a current/former employee thereof, orthat you also own shares/stocks in one of the many companies providing this bleeding edge combat ready solution (my words, not theirs, with added irony)??

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Dodgy parking firms to be denied access to Brit driver database

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Is it just me?

'Andrew Pester', that's a very appropriate name eh?

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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

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Yeah, but....

Well, I also have it on my primary google a/c, but using authenticator rather than SMS.

The reason being that mobile signal (hence receiving a SMS) is extremely flakey out here in the countryside, especially if the walls of your house are circa 3 foot thick...

Also Visa have apparently insisted that for all web purchases wifey must authenticate with SMS, hence she doesn't use VISA anymore for web purchases, many sites still accept paypal though!

Apparently this is called 'progress'

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Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

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@Teiwaz:Re: @AC:As she is 14 years old

Teiwaz,

methinks my point skimmed your head by a few inches, I DID NOT state, imply, or suggest that there are NO countries/states/communities in the world where a 14 yo may be assumed to be 'between' that of an adult and a child.

The world is not binary to me, but how I interact and parent our son is [most of the time].

FYI wife no 1 &I went throught the whole formal process of being approved as adoptive parents here in England, to say that opened my eyes to having a sprog is a bit of an understatement...

Ymhv.

Thanks for your input (not being sarcy btw!)

Jay.

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@AC:Re: As she is 14 years old

AC,

if you have kids (I hope not...) I take it you wouldn't mind anyone introducing them to stuff [insert your choice objectional 'material': here] on their fourteenth birthday?

After all, as you consider them to be adults, doncha now?

Cheers,

Jay.

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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@MrT:Re: @MrT:Numpties

Mr T,

thanks for the suggestion matey, he has a Samsung Note 8 he could try it out on.

Have one on us!

Cheers,

Jay.

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@MrT:Re: Numpties

MR T,

indeed, my lad [9 yo] is loving building animations/mini games in Scratch and Kodu, which other folk can see across the interwebs, it is great for his confidence, he has been showing the teachers how some of it works now, as well as helping his classmates...

Not too sure what to get him into next, all constructive suggestions are welcome!

Cheers,

Jay

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Take notebooks: About those new Thinkpads...

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@Roland6

Roland,

for the last twenty years or so I have used many variants of laptop - all plugged in for 99% of the time, which has had no detrimental effect on the batteries.

Ymdv!

Cheers,

Jay

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@ifekas

ifekas,

I agree, my E570 is a pleasant enough workhorse [screen aside], all the more so when accessed from a 27" imac and remote desktop...

Cheers,

Jay

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@Bob Dunlop

Bob,

I'm with you in spirit there fellow commentard, I have an Apple Ergonomic [ADB] keyboard plugged into my win 10 Lenovo E570 (which I refuse to call a 'ThinkPad' because it isn't).

They literally don't make keyboards like these anymore, the current version of the Apple ergo keyboard i have at home is 21 years old...

Cheers matey.

Jay

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Merry Christmas, UK prosecutors: Here's a special gift... a slap from the privacy watchdog

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@Hans 1:Re: Haa Haa Haa

Hans,

I am not being sarcy here btw, would you be so kind as to detail specific reasons as to why 40% of our GDP is about to go walkabout?

And when, inquiring minds would like to know!

Regards,

Jay

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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An on a not entirely unrelated point..

I've always thought that any box running [any version thereof] WIndows needs a 'DINYB' button - DO IT NOW YOU BASTARD.

I'd pay extra for that.

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Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

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BS....

Call that a representative sample size...

...brought to your by your sponsors

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Facebook confesses: Facebook is bad for you

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@ Throatwarbler Mangrove: Re: Not me . . .

What he said!

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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@Disgusted: Re: Can't we get rid of May?

Disgusted,

a little question for you, I was wondering how you came to your conclusion about why so many folk [me included] voted to leave, did you spend a ton of your own money on some statistically valid research or jump to conclusions and trip over your own prejudices?

Btw my vote to leave had 'nowt to do with immigration, but I can understand why some folk would hold that opinion...

Hey-ho!

Jay

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@Paul 195: Re: Can't we get rid of May?

Paul,

I see your point, this democracy thing's a bitch eh, I mean would you believe the temerity of some folk having a different opinion to yours...!

Cheers [it is the season of good will after all!]

Jay

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

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@Dr. Mouse

Dr M,

me too....

Regards,

Jay

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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

fruitoftheloon

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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