* Posts by Patrician

347 posts • joined 20 Sep 2013


Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week


Re: IOT=Crap

Same here, none of it is "necessary" but it is convenient; after all, nobody really *needs* a remote control for their TV, they could just get off their posteriors and turn on/off/change channel etc. But who would buy a new TV without a remote control these days?*

* Yes I know most remote controls don't demand internet access, but the point is still valid.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide


Re: FX8350 4.2ghz OC Black Edition

"Full 4K UHD with full HDR including DeepColour"

Your very lucky to get that out of a 1070, no matter what CPU you're running.

Google Play Store spews malware onto 9 million 'Droids


Re: Do phones still have an IR port?

"Sometimes this kind of thing needs to be painful. Drives home the lesson"

I call it "stupidity tax"


The Google Play Store did't actually "spew" malware to phones/tablets; users downloaded and installed it themselves. It wasn't something forced on users was it?

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Has there been any actual proof that these drones ever actually existed, beyond "reported sightings"?

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas


Re: And so it starts

Have a beer for the Discworld reference .....


Are there any Australian native software that uses encryption? Surely the vast majority aren't and will just ignore any requests this bill generates because they're not subject to Australian law?

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss


Re: Microsoft middle(nuisance)ware.

I vary rarely use the Start Menu any more; Windows Key and start typing the name of the software (not APP grrrrr) I want to use.


Re: Microsoft middle(nuisance)ware.

I general I can get on with Windows 10 but not the Settings Panels; Control Panel served it's purpose perfectly well and was one place to find, pretty much, all the settings. Now there are multiple pages of badly organised links that still don't lead you to what you want.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13


I'm guessing Disney, Sony et al have been dishing out wads of cash in brown envelopes to some MEP's; the TV and Movie industry is where the music industry was ten years or so ago. They need to take a look at how that worked out rather than desperately trying the same things.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here


Re: I don't like the aspect ration

"....... a TV and DVD player/Streaming box combo....."

Can't be carried around on trips and used to watch films/TV in hotels.

Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?


Re: RE: Topperfalkon

Had a 6P that gave great service for three and a half years with no issues whatsoever.

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul


Re: So what?

While I fully agree with you with regards to the high street's eventual fate, I do wonder how you would expect the road systems to handle the traffic if, as you seem to be suggesting, there were to be a traffic/parking free for all in our towns and cites?

My local county town for instance is a complete nightmare to navigate through, as the road system just cannot handle the numbers of vehicles attempting to pass through it; if parking wasn't strictly regulated and people parked wherever they wanted, there would be gridlock within minutes.

Parking schemes, in the main, are not there "to fleece" the motorist but to attempt to keep our cities roads, "planned" in times before Mr Ford setup his factories, at least passable and keep modern traffic moving.

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


Re: £899 - Ouch

>They all have Android 9, so they all have Project Treble.

If the manufacturer doesn't push out the updates it doesn't matter what "projects" it has installed.

Google: All right, screw it, from this Christmas, Chrome will block ALL adverts on dodgy sites


Re: Still worse than an ad blocker (by design)

I agree completely, I really wish websites would give me the choice of a micro-payment or accept ads. It would be a micro-payment every time and if I didn't think the site was worth that I wouldn't go there.

With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships


Re: No headphone jack

Not an issue for me, I very rarely listen to music on my phone and need to charge it at the same time; in fact I can't think when I have ever needed to do that in the 3.5 years I've had my current phone. If it was something I actually needed I'd by some Bluetooth ear buds.

I am in the market for a new phone to replace my Nexus 6P and I've narrowed it down to a Pixel 3XL or Oneplus 6T; I'm leaning towards the OnePlus as a £200 saving is quite a chunk of money, but I do worry that updates, or lack thereof, could be an issue.

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere


I've had a couple of those over the last few weeks, to an email account that is never used; threatening to send the video to all the contacts on that account. That would be a stupendous feat as there are no contacts associated with that account, not to mention they captured the video on a PC that has no webcam. So, yeah, go for it.


Re: Racist?

Racist? Not in the slightest.

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


Re: Deinstall Win 10?

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


Re: Deinstall parts of W10?

Erm, isn't an XBox an MS product?

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


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.

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.


"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,

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


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.

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


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


Re: Disability

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

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


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.

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


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.

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


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 :)


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.

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


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.

Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress


Re: Conspiracy theory.

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


Re: Conspiracy theory.

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


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.

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


Re: Amazon is crap

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


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.

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


Re: Stuff Like This Should Be Illegal

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

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


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

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


"“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.

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


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



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.


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.


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.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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".


Re: At least it's not BING

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


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