* Posts by Patrician

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: Deinstall Win 10?

No, no DVD Drive in my PC and hasn't been for a couple of years.

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Re: Deinstall parts of W10?

Erm, isn't an XBox an MS product?

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

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Re: Castration anxiety

The release of said tightness on removing jeggings to use the toilet has been responsible for one instance of a daughter, and two separate grand daughters fishing in the loo for their smart phones in the past year.

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UK.gov looks to data to free people from contract lock-in doom

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So the one that offers the better service gets your custom or are you saying in the model I propose everyone will just be crap?

Unfortunately in the model you propose, and as it happened, broadband prices got lower and lower, each ISP undercutting the others, to the point that the only way it could be profitable was to massively over subscribe their service; relying on the ones that just use their connection for email and web browsing to subsidise the ones that used their connection for gaming, streaming services etc. Eventually nobody could get anywhere near the connection speed they were paying for outside of very off-peak hours.

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"fight for your custom by reducing prices or offering a better service."

This doesn't always work in the consumers favour; this happened in the broadband market starting around ten years ago and resulted in a race for the bottom. ISP's kept offering unrealistic pricing for their service that meant that anytime outside the wee small hours of the morning, the contention ratio of your connection was so high that you didn't stand a snowballs chance in hell of getting anything like the speed you were paying for.

I'd far rather pay a realistic amount for my broadband so long as that means that the ISP isn't over selling accounts in my area and I actually get the speed and quality of service I pay for,

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

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Re: And because of the walled garden and interface lock down

"No no no. The vast vast majority of normal people do not care about this. In fact they like things that work consistently."

Actually, my experience proves the opposite, I have friends that are not in anyway "IT Comfortable" that chose high end Android devices simply because they liked to be able individualise the Home Screens. Now, possibly these friends could be the exception rather than the rule I suppose.

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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"Some simple network analysis would show you...", if it was doing that.

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Re: Disability

Actually, true gluten intolerance is far less common that many foodies would like you to believe.

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

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Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

Or try using Arriva Ticket App that, between 07:00 and 09:00 and 16:00 and 18:00 routinely shows the error "unable to connect to server, please check you signal or wireless connection"; even with a full four bars of 4G and everything else on the phone is managing to find their respective servers. with no problem whatsoever.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

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Re: Care

"Lenovo's support has gone to the bottom of the pile."

This exactly; Lenovo's RMA/Technical support has to be the worst of the major manufacturers to the point that they completely refuse to RMA a machine that was delivered with chassis damage. Lenovo state that no machines leave their plant with physical damage so it must have been transit damage; transit sourced and supplied by Lenovo mind you.

Considering the awful build quality of Lenovo products you would think their RMA system would run like a well oiled machine.

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Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot

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Re: Lifetime ...

One of the benefits of buying a "high-end smartphone" is that it *can" last longer than three years before it starts to slow down and the battery fails.

I have a Nexus 6P that is now three and a half years old and is still working with no issues, including the battery still allowing a full day of pretty heavy use.

This would not have been true had I bought whatever the budget smart phone of the time was, as they quite often begin somewhat "slow" and get worse from there on wards.

I must admit the price of the Nexus 6P is more "budget" these days :)

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Re: Lifetime ...

"If you buy a high end handset that's shipped with Oreo then updates aren't dependant on binary blobs from silicon vendors any more."

But you are still dependent on you manufacturer or service provider, if bought under contract, for those updates to be pushed out to your phone. It is that stage where things go south.

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Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

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Re: Can anyone

"- We can set up trade deals that benefit us, and not be told what tariffs/taxes to charge to benefit someone else."

So negotiating a trade deal as one small island will get us better deals than negotiating as a member of a 27 country trading block? Not sure how you'r working that one out.

"- We can set up trade deals that benefit us, and not be told what tariffs/taxes to charge to benefit someone else."

Not sure how our economic model is any different, nor why we would want it to be different, from other EU countries?

"- We don't have to send billions a year to be spent by someone else on what they think is good for us."

<sigh> this old debunked claim - all going the the NHS is it instead?

"- We can deport undesirables (hate speech preachers, for example) without the ECJ telling us that we have to keep them because deportation would spoil their family life."

I agree with the above but not sure the EU ever stopped us doing this anyway.

"Look at how most ex-British Empire states are doing now, despite the protestations from imperials at the time that they were throwing away their place in something wonderful."

I'm not sure flag waving ex-colonies that are riddled with corruption and poverty is a good example to be honest.

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Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

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Re: Conspiracy theory.

That's interesting, I would have thought with their use, the security patches would be of paramount importance?

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Re: Conspiracy theory.

Do you not carry out banking and/or tap & pay on your phone?

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Patrician

Re: Conspiracy theory.

"And the argument 'get the latest Android first' does not appear to be convincing many consumers to take the bait either. AND it's available from other brands through 'One'."

The above, for me, is the deciding factor on what phone I buy; well timely security patches at least. But as the major manufacturers insist on installing their bloated, and pretty much useless, "skins" onto Android this means they are not able deliver said security patches, this means that a Pixel is the only phone that will be fully up to date.

My sons Samsung S8 as an example is a month behind my Nexus 6P on security patches, and the only reason can be the time it takes them to make sure that their awful, and completely useless, "skin" is compatible.

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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Re: Amazon is crap

Not sure how it can be made any easier to be honest?

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Re: Many prime

Iv'e never had that happen and I'm a fairly heavy Amazon shopper with most of non-grocery shopping being done with them.

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

Patrician

Re: Stuff Like This Should Be Illegal

The moon missions are not "heavily classified" and never have been.

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

Patrician

Re: Nobody buys Samsung anymore....

"Since the the Note 9 has Treble, comments about Samsung's historical update record are irrelevant."

That remains to be seen

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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"“The space force is the next and natural evolution of American military strength," the Veep said. "The first American rockets in space were launched by our military. The first American satellites to orbit the Earth were on reconnaissance missions behind the Iron Curtain...."

Not correct:-

The Jupiter C, was America's first successful space vehicle, launched the free world's first scientific satellite, Explorer 1, into orbit on January 31, 1958. The Explorer I satellite is attached to a single solid-propellant rocket motor, which served as the launch vehicle's fourth stage.

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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"you have actually been inside a Pyramid most of you I hope would at least have some serious reservations that they were tombs.

Why?

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Patrician

Re: An attitude based on unfounded snobbery

I always took it that, that comment was her version of Occam's Razor.

Granny Weatherwax is a very "non-new age" and pragmatic; for instance her "clients" would think she'd healed them by making a magic potion but really it was the way she'd twisted their back while pretending to stumble and holding onto them for "support".

She most certainly would not encourage the belief in ancient aliens and other "woo-woo" stuff.

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Re: An attitude based on unfounded snobbery

"The point I'm making, is you cannot use one theory to disprove another - both are equally valid until concrete evidence is found."

No, sorry, I refer you to Occam's razor.

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Patrician

Those ancient jars do *not* produce current; modern replicas of them maybe do, although a modern replica may not be all that much of a replica when it comes the choice of materials used in it's manufacture.

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: what about Apple?

"The issue that sticks in the craw is that Google apparently don't allow an OEM to produce two Android devices, one of which is fully Googled-up while the other is not. If they're different devices they should be allowed to use different licensing schemes."

Nothing is stopping them from doing just that; they can take the free Android kernel and build their own operating system, incorporating whatever rubbish home developed apps they want to. If they produced one that is better than Fully Googled Android then, just as Chrome beat out IE, they/it would beat out Google,.

The chances are more than 50/50 though that it wouldn't be better and would be so full of Samsung, for instance, rubbish that you couldn't uninstall, and wouldn't be able to change default search, email etc. and would "slurp" your information and data to Samsung rather than Google.

The end of this route is that the only decent option for a mobile phone would be one that is Googles own.

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Patrician

Re: " Can't wait to see the MS fine then."

You don't have to use chrome or Google Search on your Android phone either; your completely free to use Firefox and Yahoo if you wanted to.

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Patrician

Re: At least it's not BING

There is a big difference, try searching both for "exchange 2016 cumulative update"

Google top link - download page for the CU

Bing top link - a Microsoft Docs page of Blog posts.

Okay, just one, not really very big, difference but there are many more where Google finds the page you want whereas Bing does not, well not on the first page anyway.

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Re: You can't fork Android

It's not a case of "rewarding Google for their practices" as the Pixel 3 will be a Google product so I would expect it to have Google apps as defaults.

Samsung set their apps to be default so why not expect Google to do the same on their own hardware?

"Nexus 7 went bad so fast"

Which model of Nexus 7? I have a 2013 model that is still in daily use; I've had to replace the battery two years ago but it's still working fine.

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Re: "really it greedy to provide a free OS"

There is a slight difference between MS operating system and Android; End users paid for that Microsoft OS, Android is provided free of charge.

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Re: First time someone gets fined for giving something for free

Amazon don't install Google Play Services on their FireOS devices; I have a FireHD 8 and had to sideload the Google Play Services with the tablet in "Development Mode".

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Re: At least it's not BING

Actually there is a big difference; Google search works whereas Bing does not!

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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

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"It's ridiculous that so many people still don't understand this, especially on a technical site like this one."

No, whats "ridiculous" is that the internet industry has been allowed to use "Up To" all these years as a part of their advertising.

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I would think that the survey would only measure speeds of the premises that actually had a broadband connection; any that didn't wouldn't be included in the figures as their speed of "0" would make no difference to the totals. In the same way, if you wanted to find the average speed on UK roads you wouldn't include vehicles that were parked at the time.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Most of the negative posts aren't aimed at the device but more at the manufacturer of said device; the device it's self is no better, or worse, than a PixelC or Chromebook, and at least isn't an Apple device which I wouldn't touch with somebody elses barge-pole.

Bottom line, it's a 10 inch tablet and the price isn't far off the Android and iOS equivalent; it runs Windows which does mean that it could be attractive for field engineers, for example, where Windows is a requirement due to software.

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Smash-hit game Fortnite is dangerous... for cheaters: Tools found laced with malware

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Re: Happens all the time

Minecraft, and for that matter most Bethesda game, are different; the "unofficial addons" are called mods and both games have sites dedicated to posting and downloading those mods that are moderated with the files virus scanned by the hosting company.

The files themselves are not executable, in the main, and can only be "opened" within the games themselves.

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Re: Obligatory world cup reference

Grrr, how I hate Wimbledon; people that, throughout the year don't watch or play tennis, all of a sudden become avid fans. How, why? It's the same damned game that they have ignored all bloody year!

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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Went through the facial recognition terminals at St Pancras for a Euro-star trip with no issues, and through the ones at Birmingham Airport on the the way back, again with no issues.

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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"I'd be better with a Tennents."

Erm, no; just no!

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A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

Patrician

I would never buy a Samsung phone precisely because of all this bloat they install over Android; native Android works fine now and doesn't need any of that.

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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Re: Internets for the win!

And with a horrible skin and virtually no updates from Huawei.

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OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

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And a horrible custom Samsung android skin that will prevent updates being released on time.

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Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

Patrician

Internet goes down, so does your phone line; emergency calls, how?

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

Patrician

The person that wrote this article seemed, to me, to have an agenda; basically stated it is, Apple good Google bad!

While I fully accept that it it pretty near impossible for any human to write a completely impartial article, I would like to see at least an attempt at writing one.

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US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

Patrician

Re: Better security is a must

There may be "quality routers at affordable prices" available but a lot of people have routers supplied by their ISP and are not able to make use of 3rd party equipment.

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Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

Patrician

I'n afraid that, for me, the Touchwiz skin Samsung insist on putting on their devices is a deal breaker; not only is it not necessary (none of them improve Android in any way at all), but more importantly will make system updates slow to be delivered and the device will be abandoned once the S10 is released.

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Taking sci-fi seriously..

I'd suggest that Star Trek was successful because of the time it came out; the Apollo program was promising to put men on the moon by the end of the decade and previous series like Lost in Space, Invaders, The Twilight Zone and films like 2001 all had whetted peoples appetites for "good Sci-Fi". Star Trek debuted towards the end of the decade and benefited from all these things; but, looking at through non-rose coloured glasses it wasn't that well written really, it's just that the viewing public was primed and ready for The Final Frontier as it were.

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We put Huawei's P20 triple-lens snapper through its paces

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Re: Just to be clear ...

Sorry but I disagree, the camera capability, for me, is quite an important consideration when choosing a mobile phone.

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

Patrician

Re: Why not ban pit stops when the safety car is out.

Because then tactics couldn't come into play; bottom line is Mercedes and Hamilton were out thought by Ferrari at this race. If the roles had been reversed and Mercedes/Hamilton had taken an advantage from this VSC would there be as much wringing of hands?

The really sad thing that this indecent highlights is that, due to knee-jerk reactions for Senna's death back in 1994, F1 has been smothered by the rule-book and on-track overtaking is now a rarity in F1; and that is not a good thing.

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