* Posts by cb7

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

cb7

Wait

"Microsoft said Windows 10 is now “approaching 700 million monthly active devices” which leaves about 450 million now eligible for an upgrade."

What's this all about?

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Intel's latest promise: Our first AI ASIC chips will arrive in 2019

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Skynet is conceived

Someone pull the plug quick

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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A gangster with a broken system

"Never think you are a better gangster than HMRC"

I think their system is borked.

It's scary to think how dangerous a gangster with a broken system is!

1. I submitted an amendment to my previous year's tax return. Even received an acknowledgement and reference number for the submission.

Their agents on the phone later acknowledged they had received the amendment and I had to speak to a "Tech agent" about it.

5 months later I get a letter from them saying they've got no record of the amendment and I have to submit a letter of appeal.

Wtf

2. I receive a 2nd letter saying they'd received my appeal for a late tax return but they can't process the appeal as they haven't received the tax return. a) I never appealed as b) I submitted my tax return months ago.

I'm recovering from a heart op. I could really do without all this shit.

Still, I guess some poor fucker has to pay for the gold plated toilet roll holders in their toilets.

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Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

cb7

Space

"Just think of all the cheap windows 10 tablets with 60 GB SSDs"

Just think of all the cheap Windows 10 tablets with 32GB persistent storage.

TFTFY

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RIP: Sinclair ZX Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson reaches STOP

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Spectrum +2

The +2 was my first computer. Probably because my brother, who bought it for me for my birthday, couldn't afford the C64 which had better gfx. But without the original Spectrum, the +2 wouldn't have existed.

I played games on it. Coded simple stuff in BASIC. And then later in college learnt about Z80 assembler before moving on to 8088 including a wire wrap board with a 2K EEPROM chip & 2K RAM. And everyone laughed because my wiring was so neat lol. It did work first time though.

My respects to a man who's efforts helped forged and continues to shape my entire working life.

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Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds

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Re: That £13,000

It was a freakin joke. Lighten up ffs. And since when did joking about something make someone a criminal??? Jeeez

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cb7

Re: That £13,000

Huh?

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cb7

That £13,000

That guy who briefly saw £13,000 more in his account than he had:

He should have transferred it out ASAP. With any luck, the bank would lose the record of the xfer out when rolling back the dodgy changes and he'd have been £13,000 better off :-D

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Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

cb7

Drug addicts

That's it. Just give em sex to wean them off drugs.

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Voice quality

Almost everyone seems to have missed the fact that VoIP sounds shite or is totally unusable if broadband latency/jitter is too high - doesn't matter how many mbps you get.

Plain old telephony (POT) on the other hand always sounds a lot clearer and without any delays compared to VoIP / mobile.

I've got an Infinity2 line that goes at ~70Mbps down and ~19Mbps up with 15-30ms ping times typically and WhatsApp voice calls often exhibit long delays in transmission to the point where you end up talking over each other as the other party thinks you haven't said anything. Reverting to a POTs line brings refreshing reliability and clarity in comparison.

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

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Hahahaha not

Nearly 3 years later and Metro Apps (even the system settings panel) simply disappear from view when they hit a snag.

I mean wtf!! Whatever happened to meaningful error messages or elegant code that deals with little snafus?

Windows is in danger of disappearing up its own jacksie.

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Mum? Dad? Can I have a 3D XPoint disk for my birthday?

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Re: Quick poll

Not exactly, but I know my Samsung 950 Pro equipped PC feels a lot snappier than an equivalent SATA SSD equipped one. I multitask very heavily and like the way it keeps up with anything I throw at it.

But then I consider myself a power user than a typical consumer.

A .pst file repair (admittedly not very often) runs a lot faster on the 950 Pro than the average SATA SSD. But nothing beats running that in a RAM Drive :-D

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cb7

Don't like/trust Intel SSDs

After seeing two Intel SSDs get bricked simply due to unexpected power loss, guess what? I purchase only non Intel.

SanDisk, Kingston and more recently Western Digital mainly.

Crucial and OCZ are other makes I actively avoid too.

Reliability rates higher than small differences in performance for most users. A fact that seems to elude some manufacturers.

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Mobile phone dealer boss faces 12 years in director limbo

cb7

Well done HMRC

Now go after Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon et al with the same vigour

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Indian data leak looks to have been an inside job

cb7

Re: Corruption should be counted as a capital crime

The bribes will simply move to those who can "tweak" the system to their advantage.

Cashless just means the currency is now electrons and not paper notes.

In a perfect system, movement of those electrons would always leave an auditable trail. In a corrupt place, electrons will mysteriously appear & disappear conveniently.

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Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

cb7

Wtf

What kind of dumb arse OS eff's around with system firmware???

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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Re: Or.....

"MS's first foray into the VR world with a pretty compelling product that isn't vapourware or hideously expensive and runs on lower end hardware."

Really? Are we talking about the same beast? I tried running MS' Mixed Reality app that appeared on my Win10 machines recently.

It failed to run on both the desktop (i7-6700K, 32GB RAM & AMD 7850 Gfx) and the laptop (i5-7200U, 12GB RAM),citing inadequate gfx.

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Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

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Re: If only BT would undercut someone else!

I heard they've been silently auto upgrading Infinity speeds to Infinity2 speeds but you carry on paying Infinity prices.

Admittedly the D/L speed difference (~50Mbps vs ~62Mbps) is only really noticeable on large downloads, but upload speeds are pretty much double (~19Mbps vs ~9.4Mbps).

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Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row

cb7

With all the slurping going on, by one company or another, is it even possible to develop software that won't get uploaded somewhere in one form or another?

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Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency

cb7

Are you telling us you actually have a pension fund that's still growing?

Pray do tell us what it's called?

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Russian hacker thrown in US slammer for $59m bank fraud

cb7

Crime pays

Til you get caught

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Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

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Chrome meddling

Pot calling the kettle...

I use Chrome to manage my Android phone contacts while on my Windows PC. Especially given neither MS nor Google are interested in allowing MS-Outlook to sync to the Android phone book.

Anyhow, Windows Chrome insists on opening gmail every time I click an email address in Google contacts even though the system default email client and mailto: protocol handler is set to MS-Outlook.

Anyone know how I can fix it?

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Evil pixels: Researcher demos data-theft over screen-share protocols

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Re: So

R Tape loading error

With a Spectrum +2 with its 128KB of RAM and built in tape deck, that was still the last message you'd want to see after waiting half an hour for Outrun to load.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

"Vehicle to vehicle collisions would be almost non-existent if all vehicles were autonomous..."

Machines may be able to react faster than humans, but a hunk of metal travelling at 70mph still has momentum. And a blow out or other unpredictable event still has the potential for sudden unanticipated movement that's too quick to safely circumnavigate.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Typing misfire

"and was able to land safely landed safely."

and landed safely.

Or

and was able to land safely.

C'mon Reg. Get with it.

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

cb7

It's a ventilation feature

The iPhone 8 includes a world first. When the phone detects that the new A11 Bionic cpu might be overheating, it opens up the case to allow the heat to escape.

The allows the A11 Bionic chip to flex its muscles and deliver peak performance.

:-D

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

cb7

Ah yes, but a driver could blast the train's very loud horn. Earbuds or no earbuds.

Not saying HAL couldn't do the same thing, but that version would be more expensive.

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Bad news! Astroboffins find the stuff of life in space for the first time

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I hope

There was no contamination on the instruments that gave rise to false readings...

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In a surprise to no one, BT and TalkTalk top Ofcom's whinge-list

cb7

Think about it

Let's say there's 20 million copper pairs in the ground in the UK. Most of those were laid donkeys years ago. ie not costing a lot nowadays.

Let's also say (round figures) it's £15 line rental a month per line. That's £3.6Bn of revenue per annum rolling in pretty much for free. Take off some rates and odd bit of maintenance, that still doesn't sound like low margin to me.

Calls and broadband are charged separately and not cross subsidised if we believe Ofcom.

Little wonder they cling on so desperately to Openreach and can't be arsed improving customer service.

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

cb7

Soft targets

It's a shame they don't give a shit about the Billions Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, eBay etc. avoid paying

Where there's a will, there's a way

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HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

cb7

A few HP's here

But running clean install Win10. No HP bloat. Up to date with all Win updates. No issues to report.

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Apple's adoption of Qi signals the end of the wireless charging wars

cb7

Race over? I doubt it

I don't know much about the competing standard, but reading between the lines, given Intel's backing and given that Intel sells more CPUs for laptop's than it does for mobile phones, I would hazard a guess that the alt standard is more suited to higher power devices?

I still struggle to picture widespread usage scenarios where wireless charging for a laptop is more practical than wired though.

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Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

cb7

Fast startup? No thank you

The Fast Startup 'feature' that's been a part of Windows since Win8, is buggy.

I've lost count of the number of machines that get bogged down with some system processes stuck in a loop sucking up all cpu resources bringing the machine to its knees.

Yes you can restart the machine to lift the misery, but it's only temporary relief. Some time later, the problem will return.

Turn off Fast Startup and this doesn't happen. Until the next forced update from MS turns it back on again.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

cb7

Wait, I thought the US didn't give a shit about emissions and their impact on the environment?

"Climate change? That's fake news"

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Microsoft, Apple cough up millioins after Australian tax audits

cb7

About time

Way to go Aussies. Now please come to the UK and do the same here.

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Apple pulls massive HomeKit chip U-turn to keep up with Amazon Echo and Google Home

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"It means greater interoperability"

Like f*ck it does. Since when has Apple given a shit about interoperability with devices from other manufacturers unless it serves Apple's intrests?

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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Do you really think I haven't tried? They don't give a hoot.

If governments were really interested in reducing the size of the black holes in public finances, this stuff is low hanging fruit. Yet they've been letting these $Bn multinationals take the piss for years.

I guess letting the likes of Apple & Google expand uninhibited is the easiest way to keep an eye on what individuals are up to across the whole globe through data slurping

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I would actually have a bit more respect for Apple if ONLY THEY PAID UK CORPORATION TAX ON THE MONEY they earn here in the UK and not side swindle it out through some nefarious loophole.

If I did what they, Google, Amazon et al do wrt taxes I'd soon find myself in the brig. Cnuts

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Latest Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

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So little so late

Given the shite state of Windows Phone and the claustrophobic iOS, my first smartphone was reluctantly Android. And 3 phones later, still is.

The thing I still miss the most, years later, is hands-off wireless sync of contacts between MS-Outlook and my phone address book.

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Re: HDR still broken?

Why would you build a HTPC using Windows 10? Mine still runs Win 7 as I haven't found anything as good or better than Windows Media Centre yet...

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UK waves £45m cheque, charges scientists with battery tech boffinry

cb7

Facts?

The .gov linked page had me reading until I got to this bit:

"...power the automotive and energy revolution where, already, the UK is leading the world"

I'm all for investment in research and innovation, but I really can't see how that statement could be true. Can someone please enlighten me?

I see companies like Toyota, who have had the industry's leading hybrid system on the market for more than 10 years. I see the likes of Tesla and Nissan who have been leading on delivering somewhat practical fully electrically propelled vehicles.

Where's this mythical world leading UK contribution? Are they talking about the Congestion Charge Zone? And the recently announced expiry date for internal combustion engine cars?

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Nest security camera captures landlord's romp on tenants' bed

cb7

The problem with shagging the tenant(s) is they might stop paying the rent...

Then you're f*cked. Quite literally :-D

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Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a billion dollars for ripping off chip designs

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Curious

How does one figure out one's chip design patent has been infringed?

I imagine it must be pretty hard to dissect and examine something manufactured at the nm scale. Especially when it has billions of transistors.

And don't these things have multiple layers nowadays? Making it even harder.

I'm pretty sure manufacturers don't publish their designs/blue prints in the public domain for all and sundry to see and copy.

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The Italian Jobs: Bloke thrown in the cooler for touting Apple knockoffs

cb7

Not really victimless

If you bought one of these iFake devices thinking you were buying a genuine iPod/iPhone, then you are clearly a victim of fraud.

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

cb7

"The only chance of enforcing hard limits on range and altitude is with actual silicon embedded in the controller chips."

Until someone wants to change the limit. Or different authorities want to impose different limits.

Then suddenly it gets a lot more complicated not to say costly to make changes.

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OnePlus accused of installing cheat codes for benchmarks with new handset

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Galaxy S7

Security patch level installed within the last week bringing it up to May 2017.

Android version still 7.0 though.

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

cb7

Hmm

"...now uses its Brotli compression algorithm to serve display ads. The ad giant says ad downloads shrink by between 15 and 40 per cent as a result and therefore delivers “faster page loads and less battery consumption.”

Less battery consumption for the download process maybe. The compressed data has to be decompressed though and that has a processing/energy cost. I'd be surprised if overall battery consumption actually went down with compression.

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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Groan

Literally. In the last fancy iMac I worked on, the i7 chip was clocked at 2.6GHz instead of the 4GHz the same chip runs at in my own PC.

And if you asked the machine to do anything remotely demanding, the fans literally groaned as they spun up to keep thermal throttling at bay. I was shocked and horrified at the inelegant noises this £2.5k pile of Apple shit made.

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

cb7

Duh

Why not simply create a magnetic field around the vessel?

It works for Earth...

Ditto for the space suits & living quarters

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

cb7

Re: Deathly silence

I know that. The hoof's in your mouth, because there are plenty of plebs out there who still think their Mac is impervious to malware.

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