* Posts by DRue2514

21 posts • joined 25 Feb 2016

HP polishes the redundancy cannon, prepares to fire 16% of workforce

DRue2514

I initially read that as HP fiasco '20

UK plod could lose access to 79 million criminal alerts in event of a no-deal Brexit

DRue2514

A bit more detail on the system here. Not all EU countries are members and some non EU but Schengen ones are. In the future there will be quite a lot stored on it, including biometrics.

https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/schengen-information-system_en

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

DRue2514

The laptop has the 'S' version of Windows installed which is a waste of time. You should be able to upgrade to do a one-time upgrade to Pro for free however. I did this for a similar Lenovo I bought for my mother, although that was a slightly higher spec. With 32GB it probably isn't worth it.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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It came back a couple of hours ago but has failed for me again just now. Crashed paper airplane.

Not a price cut! Apple perks up soggy iPhone demand with rebate boost

DRue2514

Re: iPhone SE

I have an SE also and sorry to say I like it. Not everyone wants to watch videos and spend their lives glued to their device thank you, but they might want a small phone with a good camera.

One thing to note. If you are using the N version of Windows 10 you will need to install the Media Pack to access files from the phone. Took me a while to suss this out.

Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

DRue2514

Re: RE: maths co-processor for DX power

The 386DX had a 32 bit databus. You could buy the co-processor, the 387 to go with it.

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: More comfortable surrounds?

Indeed. Last year I flew on an A320 with a middle eastern airline and the seats, entertainment etc were exactly the same as on their twin aisle jet. The plane even had proper business class seats. Not like the European ones with business class seats that are the same as economy and they just don't fill the middle seat.

It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

DRue2514

I have an AMD X2 which dates from 2009 and it runs Windows 10 pretty well; at least until this patch arrived.

Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

DRue2514

Re: A cynic might suggest...

I had 6 years out of my iPhone 4 before getting the SE. What's more, I could still sell off the old 4. Doubt that would have happened with a non-Apple phone. Not likely to be upgrading just yet though - too soon for me.

BT plots to slash pension benefits for 32,000 staff

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Re: Woah, BT still had an open defined benefits pension scheme?

Quite often schemes remain open to existing members up to until just after the CEO or last senior director retires.

Besides there is a lot of criticism of shareholders out there. However the largest shareholders in these blue chip companies are of course Pension Funds. Shafting the 'shareholders' will have a direct effect on pension funds in this country whether they be DB or DC schemes. Be careful what you wish for.

DRue2514

Re: bollocks

These schemes were generally well funded in the 1990s. Then people started living longer and longer, Gordon Brown's tax raid, low interest rates (even negative yields) etc. etc. Trouble is we don't have a crystal ball. It maybe these deficits will disappear in time, maybe they will get worse. However if the money just isn't there to pay the pension 20 or 30 years down the line, it doesn't matter what is promised now. That can apply to the public sector as well.

DRue2514

Re: bollocks

You are correct in saying most final salary schemes are non-contractural. It is usually phrased in an employment contract as the 'right to join the company pension scheme'. The terms and conditions can vary; in many cases they need to due to be flexible due to changes in legislation like equality laws etc.

However in the case of TUPE the new employer must offer an equivalent or better scheme. I am still remain a member of my previous employer's scheme (paid into by the new employer) as the new employer did not offer as generous a pension.

Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

DRue2514

I think it is a little more complex than that.

We have exorbitant property prices because of planning constraints and Grenfel,l we don't know the full story, but the council and building regs seem at part to blame, not necessarily neolibralism. As for transport - the airline industry that is highly competitive has seen much lower fares than the days of flag carrier airlines. But if you mean trains then that just seems like a Govn't run outsourcing project. They aren't great now but were they better in the days of British Rail? Not in my experience.

Brit chip design company Imagination Tech sold to China-linked private equity

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Re: Directors should resign

It was well known that they were too heavily dependent on Apple but many analysts still thought that a sale to Apple was the most likely outcome.

The purchase of MIPS a few years ago was an attempt to diversify.

Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

DRue2514

Re: These "new" iPhones

Well I like it. Nice size, excellent battery life, decent camera. Does the job.

New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

DRue2514

Re: Nobody gets fired for buying Microsoft..

It probably reached that 3% just after someone bought 36,000 of them.

Feature snatcher Microsoft tweaks OneDrive

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Re: "Fall Creators Update"

Mine only installed last week, not that I wanted it.

First thing I needed to do was scan a document, but the software had gone and was listed as 'invalid'. Cue searching, downloading, rebooting...

Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

DRue2514

Re: Not doubt..

It's all part of the Spectrum experience.

Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever

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Re: Trading up?

£30 per month is over £700 in 2 years. I pay much, much less than that per month and pay for a phone upfront. But I agree with you, I wouldn't pay £700 for a new phone either.

TalkTalk customers decide to StayStay after £3m in free upgrades

DRue2514

Not so fast... Most TalkTalk customers are on long contracts - my last was I think 2 years. However it is coming to an end in a month or so. So the churn rate for Q4 is pretty irrelevant imo. More telling will be the loss of customers in a year or so.

btw the free offers that were handed out were Sky channels, free sims etc.

Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

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Re: "(normally people buy a new machine to get a new Microsoft OS)"

It's not just computers. In the past old HP desktop B&W printers lasted forever - laserjet 4, 4050. Colour lasers just don't; and they are expensive to run. All that happens is the office gets over-run with cartridges for printers that no one has anymore because after a few years the printer gives up. Better to go for a larger photocopier/printer on contract than buy flimsy HP ColourJets.

And yes my home PC is about 7 years old but I recently put in an SSD and it has given it a new lease of life. Not as quick as the i7/32GB PCs I have been setting up for work of course but pretty usable still.

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