* Posts by lybad

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Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Meh

Sorry - I meant to say in the last 5 years.

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That depends - parts of the country have already had 2 referendum votes, and are now looking for a 3rd and possibly 4th...

Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

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Seems the Webkit people were ahead of the curve:

"The WebKit folks also provided on Monday a longer deadline, saying support will be removed from Safari in iOS and macOS “beginning in March 2010.”"

Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Re: I won't run OpenOffice

But for the same reasons as most Linux distros dropped OpenOffice, they have done the same with MySQL - many of the distros will install MariaDB when you ask them to install MySQL.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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stdin?

And I refuse to believe he didn't know about stdin after completing a Software Engineering degree....

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

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Re: For those in the UK...

And going beyond that, parts of Scotland ignore bank holidays completely, meaning my work is open all year round except between 24th December and 2nd January.

So we're open Easter Monday, Good Friday, May bank holidays, etc.

People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Re: Multiple screens?

Why - just like most laptops, Chromebooks work quite happily with an external monitor as well.

Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal

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Isn't this the same country that allowed Bernie Ecclestone to pay a huge wad of cash to end a trial? So I guess, anything is possible.

UK mobile operator Three launches Superdrug Mobile MVNO

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Re: Rubbish Coverage

My sim-free Honor 9 also claims to allow wifi calling. I'm not entirely sure how I prove if it's using wifi or the actual network though.

The thing about VoLTE is annoying though.

I'm actually considering moving to SMARTY (another 3 MVNO) from 3 proper, as with the money back for unused data, I reckon I can halve my monthly spend.

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Re: Rubbish Coverage

Agree with that - 3 and O2 are fine where I live, EE are passable, and Vodafone are useless.

Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: I, for one, welcome our insectile overlords...

Never had them setting off alarms, but a colleague and I used to find text on our monitors moving occasionally, as we had a couple of them inside the LCD panel.

Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

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"I was looking at Smarty the other day (rejected when I saw they were on Three)"

They're not just on Three, they ARE Three. If you look through the FAQs they are 100% owned by Three.

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Happy

Re: Just use Three value.....Wuntu

That depends on your bank/card of course.

I get cashback on my DD for utilities including mobile companies - so I get it for my contract, and my daughters.

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Re: Just use Three value.....Wuntu

I'll assume you're talking about Smarty? The only reason I've not jumped to them yet, is that you have to pay by card rather than DD.

Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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That's a bit unfair - he never won an F1 race. He did win plenty of races in other categories.

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Re: F1 is a Car Crash

The next gen car which is used for the 2018-19 season will not require a car swap. Part of the development cycle of the technology.

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Re: F1 is a Car Crash

There's no ads when C4 show the live races. The highlight races are already split into bits, so adding ad breaks doesn't make a huge difference.

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Well at least

Prime Now? Where I live, next day delivery is usually 2 days.

Or delivery to a locker at work, which is next day, but up to 10pm, when I usually leave work before 5pm.

New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

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Re: What??

I though Now TV was limited to 720p - I'm guessing that with SkyQ network verion, they will still provide 4K versions where available. (ie at expensive cost)

Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

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Re: Wine is still a thing?

Because Wine doesn't need an OS installation - so you don't need to fluff around with Windows isos or CD/DVDs. And if you're going down the legitimate route, WINE doesn't carry the costs of the additional OS.

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Re: Cautionary tale

To an extent Crossover does that - for every application install, it adds a new "bottle" to contain the files.

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Re: Pedant alert

If you're really going to be pedantic:-

Wine (originally an acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator")

https://www.winehq.org/about

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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I agree - just pointed out what they recommend.

In terms of the Fire TV Stick I had, if you powered the device from the TV, it wouldn't apply firmware updates.

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Google (and Amazon for that matter) both recommend their TV dongles are mains powered, as they won't guarantee TV's will power the device reliably.

Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

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Happy

Re: kettle calling the pot black

Between my wife and myself, we have had 3 Honor branded handset, and a couple of Huawei - the Honor devices have been fantastic value for money, and my current Huawei (p10 lite) is a budget device, better than the Honor 7 it replaced in many ways. My only issue with it, is the camera is not as good as the Honor 7 it replaced.

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Re: sachet of sugar... do the trick.

I'm a bit confused - are you suggesting xylitol isn't used any more? In that case, has anyone told the various mint/gum manufacturers etc. who use it to promote it's teeth friendly properties?

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Personally, I think Irn-Bru Sugar Free is the abomination (there is no such thing currently as Diet Irn-Bru), and the Xtra one is the decent no-sugar version.

Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Re: Great OS

The other thing you can do is ALT-CTRL-F1, F2, F3 etc to give you a new login shell - from there you can sudo kill windows etc.

Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

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Yup - on another article about the same thing, a user showed that he had a phone running at 600MHz - when he put a new battery in, the CPU went back to 1400MHz.

Carphone Warehouse given a stern talking to for 'misleading' radio ad

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Trollface

Re: re: crap parking

But surely it's a Fiesta on each side. Maybe need to Focus more on it?

Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Meh

Google One Hit Wonder?

I think "(Google's one and only consumer hit, Chromecast, was three years ago.)" is a but unfair - the Nexus range were relatively successful, especially the Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013).

Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

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Sky broadband

Again, thinks that depends - when my Sky half price fibre deal was about to end, they automatically extended it for 2 months, and offered me a 12 month extension on same deal. All by e-mail, before I was going to contact them about it.

In the end, I increased my costs by going for the 72MB fibre, a new router, and when I didn't get the advertised speed, a free OpenReach engineer visit. So I was actually reasonably happy.

The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Meh

"While technology producers modern wonders this particularly form factor has been shunned."

Struggled to get my head round this sentence.

Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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Re: McSticks ??

They know some of the cities - once you get out of them they're a bit clueless.

When I moved into my current house, I had to explain to them that just because I had a DD postcode it didn't mean I was anywhere near their cable network (DD8 is about 12 miles outside Dundee)

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Re: It's Scotland

Just how big do you think the Barrowland Market is?

As compared to the "police station" used in Taggart - surely it's the largest in the world. In one episode they went in the front door (Strathclyde University), and looked out the office window at the Kingston Bridge (the old Strathclyde Council Roads Dept office) which is over a mile away, as the crow flies.

TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz

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Re: Worst Coverage?

It's debatable to Dundee's status as tech city. Virgin may have used it as a bit of a proving ground, but in terms of mobile it is still quite patchy.

I also didn't say I lived in Dundee, I said north of Dundee. :-)

Amongst my friends and family, the majority are on O2 or 3 based networks as our experience (not OFCOM or network statistics) have taken us to those networks.

Come to it, the last couple of years we have been to a really remote part of Orkney and not had any issues with 3.

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Re: Worst Coverage?

Can't remember the last time I was within a couple of hundred miles of London - probably about 12 years ago, when I did a day trip from Glasgow to Southampton.

I actually live north of Dundee, and Three and O2 (with relevant MVNOs) are the only really decent networks up here.

So, I'm probably nearer those mountains than you.

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Meh

Worst Coverage?

Three don't have the worst coverage. That would be EE or Vodafone. :-)

But all in my/your opinion of course. Just because your experience might not be good, doesn't mean other people agree.

UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Re: Porting in Ireland

People who still use old phones? Not every phone has access to the numbers stored in iCloud or Google.

Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Er ... Dr. Who canon ?????

But the precedence was already there. The Time Lords had previously extended the number of regenerations available to the Master.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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Re: Only the imminent OnePlus flagship is likely to give it any competition?

No - the imminent flagship is supposedly called the OnePlus 5, according to the various "leaked" photo stories currently doing the rounds.

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Happy

Re: And still shovelling Android

Sometime in the last few months (maybe just after the Honor 8 (non-Pro)was launched), Honor and Huawei announced they would support devices for at least two years.Which is better than quite a lot of Android device manufacturers.

https://store.hihonor.com/us/software-update-policy

Spend your paper £5 notes NOW: No longer legal tender after today

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Meh

Re: Not UK Fivers

At no point did I say the notes were legal tender. I said valid exactly for that purpose.

The point is that you won't be bale to spend paper Bank of England £5 notes - but you can spend other banks ones. The story doesn't mention that there are other perfectly acceptable £5 notes in use in the UK.

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Not UK Fivers

It's only the Bank of England ones that stop being legal tender - and even then, if you go to your own bank, or the Bank of England themselves, they will exchange or pay in the current paper notes.

However, there's still loads of paper £5 notes that will still be valid, as RBS, Clydesdale, Bank of Scotland, etc. notes will still be in circulation. The fact that a load of people in England have issues with them doesn't change that.

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Was I dreaming...

https://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/09/apple-apes-trademarked-swiss-railway-clock-for-ipads-new-clock-app/

Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

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Re: re: I have no interest in streaming or renting TV shows and movies

Why? Most of the people I know who use linux on the desktop stream from Netflix, Prime, or the "free" services like iPlayer.

If you add on Chromebook users, as well as the various Sky/Freesat/Freeview boxes based on linux as well, there's a massive amount of linux based platforms that use Netflix.

Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

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Mangam

Apparently he was up for making more Dirk Gently - however, BBC went with Netflix to do it.

Not watched either series so can't comment either way as to the quality.

It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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Unhappy

Not seen many double sided CDs. But we have a few DVD's - mainly kids cartoons, but they sometimes did them with pan & scan on one side, and widescreen on the other.

On the multi-insertion point earlier, my son (who admittedly has additional needs) managed to get 6 DVDs into a slot loading TV/DVD player. Much cursing occurred trying to remove them...

Three Mobile, two alleged hackers, one big customer database heist

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Re: That would explain

Three regularly call offering additional contracts. Seems to be on a 6 month cycle - hut I can't ever remember them calling to offer upgrades.

British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

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Happy

Milletts in Dundee is now closed - they'll have to go to Black's instead.

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