* Posts by D@v3

1138 posts • joined 15 Aug 2008

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Gone in 15 minutes: Qualcomm claims new chargers will fill your smartmobe in a flash

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overnight

I tend not to charge mine overnight as it only takes an hour or so from near dead, and i could be wrong, but i feel that leaving a fully charged phone, on charge for several hours is likely to do it less good than just charging it for half an hour or so in the car to and from work.

This week of never-ending security updates continue. Now Apple emits dozens of fixes for iOS, macOS, etc

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Re: Huge updates...and how much free disk space it expects when installing those updates.

quite a problem with updates for watchOS. Capacity on my series 3 is 4.8 GB, apparently, i have 0 bytes free. New update is 135 MB, so that is going to mean taking all the music off which takes ages, don't have any apps installed that i can remove, install the update and then put some of the music back on, which again, takes ages.

Her indoors has just brought a series 5 which has considerably more storage, but has an original SE, so faces similar problems any time an iOS update turns up.

If you have Microsoft 365 and Windows Virtual Desktop, do you need Citrix? Apparently

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Re: stability

Really?

We have gone up from about 20 a day, to around 60 users a day with all this lockdown nonsense, and apart from spinning up a couple of extra VM's to cope with the load, haven't seen any problems.

Google employs people to invent colours – and they think their work improves your wellbeing

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colours

are all very well, but i think the really important question here people, is can it be fitted nasally?

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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Black Mesa

Are a bunch of hacks.

Give me Aperture Science, or give me death. (or most likely both)

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Re: Eventually

I can't find it now, was several years ago when I saw it (around about the time the LHC was making big news). A clever little animation suggesting that as the colliders need more power and get larger, that the end result is building them in space, and then making them habitable, and then before you know it you have Halo.

We really doing this again? Rumour has it that Apple is nearly finished developing augmented-reality glasses

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iSight

wasn't that the name of the old integrated web cams in early macbooks and iMacs?

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: EasyJet password policy

also limits certain 'special' characters

Baby Diesel? Little d'Artagnan? There is another child of Musk in the world

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Re: X Æ A-12

Or

Robert'); DROP TABLE Students;--

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman

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Re: 'Pointless' is OK,...

something tells me you'd be a fan of Only Connect.

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

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Re: Zoom

We use zoom at work in the conference rooms, it's really not that bad at all.

It's been quite nice when friends have been moaning about Skype and Teams, being able to say to them, 'yeah, have you tried Zoom?'

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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Deep fried Creme Egg

Had one once, never again. It was amazing.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

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listening order

I have the 13 CD box, which has made several long car journeys much more enjoyable.

I have also found, that once ripped to your favourite format, shoved in a playlist and put on shuffle, it is still thoroughly entertaining, and only makes slightly less sense than in it's "correct" order, to the point where i have some of the best bits in music playlists, as they always put a smile on my face.

Come kneel with us at UK's Cathedral, er, Oil Rig of the Canal: Engineering masterpiece Anderton Boat Lift

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Re: location

and perhaps a W3W address?

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash

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Re: vtcoder

because glancing at information on a display, or looking in a mirror is not the same as playing angry birds, or sending a text or whatever.

It's Terpin time: Bloke who was SIM jacked twice by Bitcoin thieves gets green light to sue telco for millions

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Re: I hope he wins ...

Something tells me, if he is the kind of person that has (had) BTC 24m, that he probably has a lawyer or two at his disposal as well.

That's not to say that The Big Guys won't win in the end, just that it might be a slightly more 'balanced' fight than it would be if it were you or I.

Who's got the WD-40? Owners of Motorola's rebooted Razr whinge about creaky hinge

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Re: 7110

Had a spring loaded slide, was great fun, til it stopped working.

There was also one of the smaller nokias that had a button on each side, that when pressed the main body of the phone would 'rise' out of the lower part of the phone, slowly.

Galileo got it wrong – official: Jupiter actually wet, not super-dry: 'No one would have guessed that water might be so variable across the planet'

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Re: Incorrect Data

But surely in those situations, the Data itself is still correct, just within very specific and undesired conditions.

(yes i'm serious, sorry i called you Shirley)

Hear, hear: The first to invent idiot-cancelling headphones gets my cash

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Re: How to silence the idiots...

I love the smell of burning idiots in the morning, smells like...victory

How do you like them Apples? Cook drops 'record' 30 times* on conf call as iPhone sales up, services up, wearables up

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Megaphone

Most powerful (xyz) ever...!

It has always struck me as an odd thing to make such a big noise about. Every year in the iPhone Keynote, they make reference to 'The most powerful iPhone we've ever made', and the 'most powerful processor' and various other things. I mean, it's not like they're going to be up on the stage and say, 'This is the iPhone 12, it's not quite as powerful as the one we released last year, but it's still good, honest, go buy it'.

Like its Windows-noob-stabilisers OS, Zorin's cloudy Grid tool is Linux desktop management for dummies

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changing font

How about a font that changes dynamically, like Rorschach's mask?

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

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@Giles

While i don't disagree with the approach, i hate to break it to you, but removing something from the box won't have any impact on the price

Clunk, whirr, buzz, whine. Shared office space can be a riot and sounds like one too

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background hum

There is something in our office, that apparently only i can hear. It seems to come from 'behind me' no matter where i am in the room. On a quiet monday morning before anyone else got in, i went round and switched off every plug socket, regardless of if it had anything plugged into it. Still the hum continued. Tinnitus had crossed my mind, except it seems to only happen when I'm in the office, which wouldn't be a big deal if i didn't spend more time sat here than i do in another other one place. I think i finally found the culprit. The emergency exit sign, out side the office and down the hall. Bastards.

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally

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Re: Options

Thanks to both for suggestions. I will check 'em out

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Options

I'd quite happily upgrade my home win7 machine to some flavour of Linux, except pretty much the only thing i use it for these days is managing a music library and syncing that (and OS updates and taking backups) to an iPhone and iPad. If there is someway to do that without windows or MacOS, i'd be happy to know. I had a bit of a google the other day, and found lots of 'alternatives to iTunes' but they all seem to be Win or Mac only, especially the ones that still let you sync devices.

When i can justify the outlay, at the moment my first choice is an Intel NUC of some sort. would be quite happy with a Mac Mini, but not at those prices, hmmm maybe an older one off ebay......

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit

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Re: Americans are so polite

Looking at the map on that link, i'm having a hard time trying to work out which bit he has blocked.

There seem to be a fair number of buildings down, very close to the beach, on what appears to be a public road.

If it was the house, up by the 'Martins Beach Parking Lot', and then that road led directly to the beach, i could see how their might be a problem. I just can't work out how any one of those many beach front properties would be able to block public access.

Windows 7 and Server 2008 end of support: What will change on 14 January?

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Forced re-boot

I have an option that says "Restart this device as soon as possible when a restart is required to install an update...." which is switched off. I still come into work once or twice a month to find my PC has restarted over night due to updates.

You can set 'Active hours' during which "...we wont automatically restart..." but that can't be more than 18 hours. Funny that.

(i guess maybe the answer is to set your active hours as between when you usually leave work, and usually arrive, in the hopes that while you are actually present and using it, it wont restart.....)

Tragedy: CES squeeze forces frequent flier hotshots into economy hell

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one and only upgrade

Never had the misfortune of flying for work, so haven't flown any where near as much as many of you fine folks, but the one time i did get an upgrade was returning from a trip to New Zealand.

I was waiting in the queue to check in for my late afternoon flight, huge rucksack on my back, when i was approached by a friendly face informing me that my flight was over booked. I had two choices, hang around and hope to get on it, or, be put up in a hotel while waiting for the next flight, early the next morning, with a nice business class ticket and $500 for my inconvenience.

I'll give you one guess which i chose.

Only small sting in this tale is that it was only the first of the two 12 hour return flights (NZ - Hong Kong), which meant i was back in cattle for the second and that was quite a reality check.

If at first you don't succeed, pry, pry again: Feds once again demand Apple unlock encrypted iPhones in yet another terrorism case

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Re: What more could Apple do?

The way that i see it, in this case, there is no more that Apple can do, because (as you say) they DONT have the keys.

However, (again, just the way that i see it) what is happening here is the Feds are laying groundwork so that they can say

'This keeps happening, and you try to help, but CANT, so, how about, when you release iOS14, you slip in a little bit of code which will allow you to help, WHEN this happens again, which we both know it will'

SanDisk's iXpand Wireless Charger is the unholy lovechild of a Qi mat and a flash drive

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Re: The problem with wireless charging

is that you have the same number of wires as you had before, just permanently attached to another gadget

Oi, Queenslander who downloaded 26.8TB in June alone – we see you

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Re: Consumer hardware

I get routinely freaked out by the fact that i have a number of 'spare' 128gb USB sticks. The other day I had to carry 8tb of HDD from our small onsite fire safe, to our considerably larger offsite filing cabinet. It made me a little uncomfortable. And don't even get me started on MicroSD cards.

Amazon drops battery-powered Echo speaker so you can play Despacito on the go

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portability

But surely, if you have an Echo in every room of the house like you're supposed to, why would you need one to be portable?

We took a shot every time Qualcomm said 5G, AI or mobile gaming in its Snapdragon 865, 765 system-on-chip launch...

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Re: " 'desktop-level' performance"

I had an idea, probably some 20 odd years ago when i was barely out of short trousers and not long after i had just started using computers at school. This idea, seemed very sensible and inevitable and it was that in the future, you would be able to carry an item with you, about the size of a deck of cards, that you could plug into any 'computer' to make it 'your' computer (files, applications settings etc..)

Now, we have phones that are easily as powerful as computers were ' a few years ago' with more than enough storage, and inputs/outputs like USBC that would happily allow you to connect it to a KVM, but despite it being done (what ever the windows phone and android efforts were called), it hasn't really taken off.

We are absolutely, definitively, completely and utterly out of IPv4 addresses, warns RIPE

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Re: SimonC

it's like being a vegan, but on the internet.

After 10 years, Google Cloud Print will finally be out of beta... straight into ad giant's graveyard

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Printing from Android tablets

I guess we will have to find another way to do that, perhaps using the inbuilt printing services.....

You wanted flying cars and colony worlds. Instead, IKEA furniture-building-ish AI robots

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@stoneshop

If you collect one of the robots from the store, will you have to assemble it when you get home? If so, do you think there will be a robot available to help?

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Re: Ikea hate

I've never understood it.

I've got some items that during house moves have been disassembled, and re-built on the other end as much easier than trying to move in 1 piece. No problem, still sturdy as the day they were first slotted together.

The stores I've been to have all been (more or less) the same layout, with shortcuts sign posted, and the construction instructions are (almost) idiot proof (never underestimate a well trained idiot).

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune

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seems to me, they are loosing money, because the money spent on a repair, is less than the money that would have been spent on a replacement.

Space-wrecks: Elon's prototype Moon ferry Starship blows its top during fuel tank test

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Re: "Star Wars" films

My understanding is that is true, in as much as Rogue One and Solo were not "Star Wars" films.

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NASA boffins tackle Nazi alien in space – with the help of Native American tribal elders

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Re: farting in lifts

Is wrong on so many levels

Facebook iOS app silently turns on your phone camera. Ah, relax – it's just a bug, lol!?

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other spurious permissions

I recently had call to re-install facebook on my phone (after a few years of peace) so that i had convenient access to information about a gathering i was attending. Opened up the FB app, (first time on a new ish phone) and it already knew who i was. When the app was opened, i got a pop up asking for access to my Bluetooth! which was promptly blocked. As soon as i had met up with my friends, i removed the app.

IT protip: Never try to be too helpful lest someone puts your contact details next to unruly boxen

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Re: On-call???

@big_D

My approach has generally been a 1/2 day toil call out fee, then a 1.5:1 toil:worked hours. Usually works out as more than a few hours of work (and travel) gives a day off. Might not be official, but things are generally relaxed enough around here for it not to have been flagged. (helps everyone involved that it is not a regular occurrence).

Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'

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Re: John Robson

In my case, my 10 mile commute becomes an hours cycle (I've done it), down national speed limit roads, or through a forest, (with a predominantly sharp flint floor and very few paths), both routes have lots of hills up and down.

Public transport would be at least 2 trains, (1 into London, change lines one back out) half hour walk to the nearest station, through said forest, and then another half hour from the station nearest to work, which buses do not go from - to the town in which i work.

I am considering an e-bike when the weather improves, but at the moment it's either half an hour in the car, or a couple of hours by public transport.

I would be quite happy with an electric car, having recently acquired a private parking space next to my house. It would handle most of the driving i do with no issue, and have no real problem with stopping for half an hour when making longer journeys. They thing that is putting me off at the moment is the initial outlay.

You'e yping i wong: macOS Catalina stops Twitter desktop app from accepting B, L, M, R, and T in passwords

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Re: Baldrickk

Reminds me of someone trying to describe a touch screen 'press' as a 'zero length swipe'

(I believe it was Apple, trying to patent swipes (or something like that) and arguing that presses were included because .....)

'Earworn Wearables' will save the day (wireless earbuds, but cool name for your D&D halfling)

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Re: They call that smart ?

how about a sensor that tells you when you have left a scrunched up piece of paper in a pocket when you try to put something in the wash.

@AC. You got in there before i had a chance to submit.

Like the Death Star on Endor, JEDI created a ton of fallout and stormy weather in cloud market

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Re: Microsoft will provide artificial intelligence-based....

Isn't that the plot for the new terminator movie...?

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?

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Custardy

To cover something in custard (i need to custardy my blackberry crumble)

or is it cuss today, as in, what i will do if i have to deal with any more idiot users.

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Re: ties

Which is exactly why, very early on, before my 'career' had even started, a wise old fool told me, 'if you are ever required to wear a tie for a job, make sure its a clip on'

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