* Posts by ArrZarr

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NVMe? Well, quite. Now Intel, too, is pumping out consumer QLC SSDs

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Re: that's not the only strange thing

Considering the 1TB clocks in at $199, compared to a 1TB Samsung 960 evo at $500, you can bet your bottom dollar I was looking. I certainly wouldn't mind switching out my old 256GB NvME and also getting rid of four mismatched SSDs and HDDs for a 2TB 660p and some 4-8TB HDD for storage.

Oh, you meant the editors...

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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I tried writing a justification for why I thought 4/10 was too high, but the more I thought about it, the more I agreed - the software works on a basic level (because it was ripped off, most likely) so the primary issue is the crap case. Knock a point off for having to remap keys to get some games to work and you have 4/10.

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Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

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Says Thoguht, somebody with experience in the matter.

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Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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That graph is an amazing example of misleading axes. Tempted to use it as an example of dodgy stats.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Re: It will be the end of puns as we know them

What a Brave new World.

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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For the sake of my sanity, I have to believe that if this were implemented, it either wouldn't be that stupid or would need additional data - a 4 digit code with timed expiry that also requires correlating information like name or NI number.

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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Re: RE: The FCC is an independent agency

It would make the American Timber industry great again.

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Re: The Fake President is the epitome of Greed

They can join the UK in an endless spiral downhill while constantly referencing the time that they were great. We can even give them some tips on how to manage a constant slide to irrelevance as smoothly as falling head-first down a flight of stairs.

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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Re: alert emails

Nothing that large, but I once misplaced a line of code to send an email for every row of a 65,000 line product feed, not at the end of the 65,000 line product feed to a whole team.

The IT guy was on holiday at the time.

Oops.

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

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If anybody here ends up writing a linux distro specifically designed for space usage and doesn't call it "Sputnix" then I will be immensely disappointed.

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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Is it just me or..

Does "G" look an awful lot like Rob Bryden?

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Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

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Re: Paranoia and hot pockets

When you started talking about "Boris", I though you meant Boris Johnson.

The broken English part made sense and from there I had visions of BoJo being a Russian spy until I realised what you actually meant.

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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How can knowing which platform a train leaves from be a security problem?

I can think of several ways I could abuse this knowledge if I were so inclined, generally involving timers planted well ahead of time.

Luckily I'm not so inclined which means that the GCHQ bod reading this can calm down.

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Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

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Re: Pick two from the trinity

When you pay for Good and Fast, however, this is a bit annoying ;)

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Micron-Intel 3D XPoint split: It's not you, it's m... nah, it is totally you

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"Optane XPoint drives do not have sufficiently faster performance compared to NVMe SSDs to make their cost worthwhile."

Isn't the point of Optane to add as a chunky NVRAM cache for high capacity low speed storage so that initial load times stay the same but certain data gets loaded into the Optane module so subsequent loading is much improved?

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LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears

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Re: May we please stop calling them phones?

Telephony Incapable Tablet Sitting U(?) Pockets

Omnitool?

Tricorder?

Psi-scan?

Unicomm?

Omnicom?

No, I can do better - Commnis/Commni. A combination of Communication and the latin word Omnis, meaning everything.

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LG G7 ThinQ: Raising a StinQ.

It comes in PinQ, here, I have a LinQ.

Better not BlinQ or you will miss your chance.

Use all the toys to get that vendor LoQ.

They just want you on their HooQ.

Even if you just want to WorQ.

That's just MusiQ to their ears.

What do you mean, I sound like a PilloQ?

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Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

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Re: Slighty different, but *user* training ...

Always best to slip a "minimum training" clause into the support contract. From there, you can point out that being given an account and told to "Have fun" doesn't meet the bar.

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@wolfetone

You joke, but I would put money on that being Apple's business plan.

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Back in the day, engineers were real engineers. Computers were real computers. You had to make do with what you had in your pockets and copious amounts of wit. Youngsters of today don't know they have it so good with their manuals and most computers being standardised!

Back when I were a lad...

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New Pentagon CIO's JEDI mind-change trick: Controversial cloud deal paused

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Re: More Alan Turing than Francis E. Dec? More Douglas Noel Adams than Einstein?

I can't tell if your post started out actually having an opinion before descending into buzzword soup or if you deliberately started your post as buzzword soup and successfully made buzzword gloop at the end.

I can say that after lying down a couple of times while part way through that I have read your post and have successfully captured the bits of my mind that had dribbled out of my left ear and put them back in again.

PS. Do you and Bob use the same kind of keyboard?

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Do you really want your kids' future in the hands of Capita? Well, too bad

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Re: Crapita

Anybody who reads El Reg will be painfully aware of Capita's utterly terrible record on providing services to the public sector.

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Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Re: Common trick

I almost took some internal tech down last year. My Crime? Opening a page that had recently been released to the live interface that was hidden away in the settings and then going for lunch.

When I got back, I found out that my PC has been given a hard shut down as the devs had figured out I was the only person who had access to the page and could have it open.

It was sending so many requests to the DB that everything else had come to a halt.

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No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging

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Re: maybe apple should....

If you're after regular updates, the BB KeyTwo has committed to 3 years iirc.

Camera may be a sticking point and it has a HW keyboard - the marmite of the smartphone world but solves the main requirement.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Protected web pages

A few weeks back, we had a bug on some of our tech where it wasn't detecting that some information had indeed been input correctly and the save button was disabled.

Looking at the page's source code, I noticed a HTML element specifying the button was disabled. Removing that element enabled the button and allowed me to save the data. Quick call with the devs confirmed that everything had saved to the database correctly.

Cue fireworks and a victory parade saving the devs having to hotfix a bug on a Friday.

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Re: Big Red Buttons are irresistible!

Ptyramids, shirley!

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Re: Kim or Ken?

@Voyna i Mor

I've always been taught that water acted as a moderator (can't remember if that's the exact term) to slow the particles down so if they'd let the water boil away and hadn't added more, the disaster would quite literally have run out of steam before the reactor could explode.

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Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE

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Difficult Job

From the article - 'bring “integrity, honesty and accountability in all that you do...and always do what is best for Apple.”'

I'm not sure I could pull off the doublethink required for any job including that in the job description.

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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I was amused to see that millenials apparently only go up to those who came of age "around the year 2000", making me too young to count.

Does that make me a post-millenial?

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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Personally, I always found the stop motion creations of this ilk terrifying; Bagpuss, The Magic Roundabout, Parsley the Lion and Postman Pat gave me nightmares. When it came to Noddy, I would refuse to watch it because (in a state of toddler-minded clarity) "Something always went wrong".

Maybe that's why I've grown up into the sweet-natured tolerant person I have done.

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: It's a sound salvation.

@Kevin Johnston

I heard a story on confession time (A segment of a drive time show in the UK) where a young girl was informed that a bidet was for washing football boots. 20 years later, as a dentist, she's doing her tooth related manipulations in a patient's mouth and the conversation drifts towards the fact that she's moved into a new house. She mentions offhandedly that they'll be redoing the bathrooms and removing the bidets as "nothing needs to be that clean".

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HP Ink's UK profits tumble nearly 85% – of course Brexit to blame

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Isn't it nice how prices dropped with the strengthening of the Pound, after they were increased across the board when the Pound was weak?

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BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them

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Re: Phone cameras

It's got a hardware keyboard. The article could be written by amanfrommars and I'd still read it.

I'm just sick of sacrifices to universally useful things like larger batteries while the camera gets all this loving attention and is allowed to spoil the flat back of every mid to high range phone for the past 5 years and the front of legitimately good concepts like the iPhone X's full screen display.

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Re: Phone cameras

Question: If the camera never gets used, why am I paying for it?

Answer: Because every phone has two cameras and there's bugger all I can do about it.

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Re: No wireless charging?

I'm only asking this because our opinions are so wildly different here.

What is the reason behind your stance on wireless charging being mandatory for a phone?

For me, it's a prime example of a nice to have. If you travel or you're at the office, then you'll need to bring a cable of some sort anyway as it'll either be needed for the phone or for the wireless charger (which you wouldn't pack if you were travelling light). If you're charging at home, then you'll have cables available anyway.

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Phone cameras

This might just be me being an utter misanthrope but what is the big deal about smartphone cameras?

Why are they such a big part of the deal that it's okay to have enormous camera bumps, yet bigger batteries aren't enough of a deal to fill out that space and remove the bump while making the phone last for days?

And why does the review for a blackberry feed the need to have most of a page worth of pictures when nobody in their right mind gives a toss beyond being able to photograph receipts?

Personally, given a choice between camera and battery space, I'd go for battery space every time, and don't get me started on the selfie cam. Rip it out and make the phone cheaper.

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Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google's clone gets real and IBM's comes to Europe

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The Cannonball run

Man, I really want to see a version of the cannonball run where you need to drive from Conneticut to Redondo, transfer data to your on board storage and then drive back as fast as possible.

Just think of the possibilities for hijinks!

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: Nose, face, bite ...

Actually, it's the one with a powerful space lobby, a history of shafting the UK and a lot of cheddar cheese.

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Re: Brexit means Brexit

From the leavers opinions, they consider Britian to be such an economic powerhouse that we should get special treatment á la the US and China, being able to keep our fingers in such pies that would be closed to less glorious nations.

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USB-C for Surface owners arrives in form of a massive dongle

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Re: Why even bother reporting on the Surface?

This honestly sounds like something engineered by a BOFH to me, but as you're the common factor, that obviously isn't the case.

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Re: Eh?

I'll trust Bluetooth when it's as good as a cable.

I'll trust WiFi when it's as good as a cable.

I'll trust Qi when it's as good as a cable.

until then, give me ports on my laptop so that I can use a cable.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: I thought of the child(ren)

@Pen-y-gors

On the other hand, it takes a certain knack to shoot somebody in the neck and not kill them.

I'm sure that there's a Pratchett quote that's relevant here but can't remember it for the life of me.

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Crime epidemic or never had it so good? Drilling into statistics is murder

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Re: We need gunlaws like in the US to fight crime

Well spoken, Batman. What we really need is more vigilante justice on the streets.

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UK Minister of Fun Matt Hancock opens London infosec upstart creche

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Re: Swansea 0 London 13 mil

Don't forget the £55Bn being spent on getting brummies to London faster. That's money almost as well spent as when I dropped a grand on a Google Glass.

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Re: Lorca

I was thinking of the horrible traitor aspect of Lorca, but maybe in the mirror universe government projects actually succeed.

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Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself

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No, considering that Apple will provide free OS upgrades. From previous comments, the only machines that can't be upgraded are those with <2GB RAM. When I last looked for a laptop in 2014, I couldn't find anything with less than 4GB of RAM which implies anything below 2GB would have been an old machine already.

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Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

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Re: The ONLY things going for it were

Pardon me for being too young to have any relevant experience*, but the stories I've heard were that '98 was the good one when compared to '95 and would be the gold standard of Windows Operating systems until XP was released.

*I only just remember "It is now safe to turn off your computer"

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Why aren't startups working? They're not great at creating jobs... or disrupting big biz

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Re: "After all not all startups are related to IT"

To me, the important point is that the graph started in 1987. This means that the productivity gains of the nineties mean fewer people are required to do the same work - a huge deal for a startup which can hold off longer employing their second or third employee. If a one person startup now can do the work of a three person startup from '87 due to productivity gains from tech then you will see a proportionate reduction in workforce employed for the same number of startups relative to the available workforce.

On top of that, I would bet my bottom dollar that while not all startups are IT related, a lot more of them are and manufacturing is now much easier to outsource than it was in the past. We wouldn't have seen such an increase in "Shenzen Generic" phones recently if this were not the case.

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