* Posts by Patrician

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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

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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'

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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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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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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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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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Patrician

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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Patrician

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

Patrician

"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’

Patrician

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

Patrician

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'

Patrician

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

Patrician

"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

Patrician

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

Patrician

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

Patrician

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

Patrician

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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Patrician

Re: Easy to blame the VSC

I believe that most of the teams have spent some time trying to reducing the size of the air intake apertures in this years car designs; it looks like they may have gone to far.

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Patrician

Re: Follows old adage...

Have to agree with you, I'd love to see the tams given back the freedom to innovate and try different things; in the last years we've seen triple diffusers, blown diffusers, F-Ducts and all manor of innovations banned under some grey area of the rule book. All in the name of making F1 cheaper, but F1 was never "cheap" to be a part of and it shouldn't be; it's supposed to be the pinnacle on motor sport, not just for driver ability but for innovation in engineering and design to, and at the moment it's being smothered by this drive for "cheapness".

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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Re: God you luddites are boring

I agree with everything you've posted but I sure hope you've got a pair of asbestos under pants for the inevitable flames that are going to come your way ....

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Re: @Dave 126

Most decent sized towns will have a shop that can replace mobile phone batteries; at a cost of course.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

Patrician

Re: Games, anyone?

The reason most people stay with Windows is because it supports the software that they want to use, whether that is games or home/office and hey know how to use it. Linux has come on in it's support for games but it's still way behind Windows and there is no Linux equivalent of the Outlook/Word/Excel combination.

Yes, I know there is Open Office and others and they do work; just not as well or as intuitively for Joe Public I'm afraid. Top all this off with sporadic vendor hardware support and, sometimes, needing to head to console to carry out something that it Windows is just a few mouse clicks, and it's a non-started I'm afraid.

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US Army warns of the potential dangers of swarming toy drones on US soldiers

Patrician

Re: drones

But, if they're all flying on different flight paths could it be called a "swarm"? Generally the term is used for flying insects that are grouped together and flying as a unit on the same path, speed and height.

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Samsung's Galaxy 9s debut, with not much other than new cameras

Patrician

My Nexus 6P 64GB still does everything I need of it and, surprisingly, the battery is still good for a full days heavy use or a couple of days light usage.

I must admit that the S9+ does look nice but, apart from the camera, does nothing more than my 6P so I'll be keeping it for another year at least and maybe longer.

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America yanked from the maws of cellphone complaint black hole

Patrician

Internet Service Providers seem, the world over, to be a law unto themselves; some areas of the US seem to have really been dealt a bad hand though.

It's about time that the words "up to" are no longer legally able to be used buy ISP's, the technology today is such that they should be able to provide an reasonably accurate assessment of expected up and download speeds at any given property.

The fact that VM in the UK for instance can advertise legally "up to 200MB download speeds" when they are fully aware that those speed aren't ever achievable at peak times (16:00 to 23:00 and all weekend). Laws need to be passed and enforced that make them state in their ads the *speed that can be expected at peak times* and not some pie in the sky theoretical maximum.

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

Patrician

Are you sure it wasn't CONFIG.SYS they edited? I'm pretty sure I remember that trying to "Edit MSDOS.SYS" just in resulted in several beeps from the PC speaker and a few (four or five) random symbols being displayed in "EDIT"?

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Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

Patrician

Re: Ads

"...I know people will say "any site that won't let be view with my adblocker switched on i will not visit", but will they really be bothered by you not using their site and not gaining them any revenue?...."

They will become "bothered" if the "you" becomes a significant number.

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Blockchain nears peak hype: UK politicos to probe crypto-coin

Patrician

"...“People are becoming increasingly aware of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, but they may not be aware that they are currently unregulated in the UK, and that there is no protection for individual investors,” said committee chair Nicky Morgan."....

Translation " we need to work out how we can tax cryptocurrencies, and if we can't how we can stifle it's use"...

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Australia joins the 'decrypt it or we'll legislate' club

Patrician

Re: @ bazza

..And...?

Sorry but I fail to see your point, there are many things that have changed since inception, including the Royal Mail; that isn't the generally accepted practice today...

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Re: @ bazza

In normal operation a citizen of, say the UK or USA, expects that anything they post will go through to the recipient unopened; they expect a degree of privacy. You're proposing that due to the possibility that bad guys *might* be using the Royal Mail to carry out terrorist attacks, and due to the fact that nobody can see what is inside an envelope or parcel, the government would be justified in passing a law that allows the Royal Mail (or equivalent) to open, photograph, copy and or record, the contents of any and every item that passes through their sorting offices.

Would you be comfortable with this happening by default? Could it be guaranteed that everybody at said sorting offices could be trusted with this responsibility? I doubt both very much.

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Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

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Re: How is this relevant?

We often talk sh*t here, didn't you know ...

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Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

Patrician

I, like yourself. do no "learn about new products" through adverts; surely that is the very worst way to obtain information about new products?

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

Patrician

So, changing the UI on Windows 10 would make it not utter garbage?

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From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

Patrician

Re: Monopoly power much?

They didn't "block Amazon devices from YouTube", they blocked the FireStick and FireTV YouTube apps; both devices could access YouTube via their respective browsers. Also it is/was an easy task to sideload the standard, working, Android YouTube app on both devices. This was a direct result of Amazon refusing to sell Google devices.

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The thing that really surprises me is that ad agencies really do seem to think that they provide valuable service and can't understand why we can't see that. The article in first link in this story says:

"....Ad blockers are also exploiting a real vulnerability: the erosion of stimulating consumer experiences online....."

They think that advertising can provide "stimulating consumer experiences"? Seriously? The only thing that adverts, anywhere, stimulate in me is anger. I hate that I pay more than £12.00 to go to the cinema but still have to sit through 20 to 30 minutes of inane bull sh*t ads before the film; pay more than £70 per month to VM but still have to sit through adverts; total waste of my time.

And that is the bottom line; it's not my bandwidth, it's my time they're using up and they don't ask me if they can.

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