* Posts by Piro

1727 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008

If there's a lesson to be learned in these torrid times, it's that civilisation is fleeting – but Windows XP is eternal


If it's not internet-connected, and access to the network is well controlled, it will probably work better than newer versions of Windows, and it will save them money on hardware costs. Hardware that can run XP fine is plentiful and dirt cheap. Just go on ebay and snatch a stack of ex-corporate Core 2 desktops, and you'll have machines that'll probably work away on small tasks like a display screen until the heat death of the universe.

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again


Eh, I was no fan of the way Windows 2000 decided to hide things you hadn't clicked on recently in the start menu. Yes, you could turn it off.

I'd honestly say the way you can instantly search in Vista and 7 means for me, it's simply better than the Windows 2000 start menu. If you're in love with the cascading menus, Classic Shell allows you to have that back.

Also, now they're trying to put lipstick on a pig? Now? They've been doing that for some time.

Apple said to be removing charger, headphones from upcoming iPhone 12 series


Re: To be fair...

To be fair, those extremely high charging rates are just going to ruin your battery in the long term anyway. I certainly wouldn't want a fast charger beside my bed, in my opinion you want a slow trickle charge overnight.

Let's roll the 3d6 dice on today's security drama: Ah, 15, that's LG allegedly hacked, source code stolen by Maze ransomware gang


I was under the impression that they're still Lucky Goldstar, and this "Life's Good" stuff is just a marketing slogan

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth


Just lovely.

How foul some people can be...

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?


Well, there is white pudding, which is traditional, but traditionally made with pork fat. You could make it with vegetable fat.. You'd basically have a fatty oatmeal patty, to then fry up..


Re: As an outsider

Clotted cream is genuinely delicious, if you ask me

Apple launches incredible features everyone else had more than a year ago – this time for the 'smart home'


Re: What's the true cost ?

You're right of course. There are very useful scenarios for certain things (I'd never go back to lights I have to manually turn on in the morning.. having the house bright when I wake up at 6am in the dead of winter is something that basically necessary to even have a chance of getting my going), but there's never any good reason to have built in kit that is reliant on external connections.

I'm not investing in kit that I'll build in to my home that will die and fall over if my internet connection is down - that's simply stupidity.

HTC breaks with tradition to push out 2 phones someone might actually want to buy


Re: I'll take the "small" one

He's not saying large phones shouldn't exist. Also, small phones don't really exist at all now, try looking for yourself. It's pretty much impossible to find a new phone that isn't a chonker. The new iPhone SE 2 is about the closest you can get, but it's not *that* small. The Sony Xperia Compact line seems to have been pretty much abandoned, which is a shame.

It is genuinely annoying, and it is a part of the market that seems to be entirely ignored.


Re: 32mp selfie camera

Yup. It would be better to have larger pixels to have better low-light capability, instead. Much, much more relevant for a front-facing camera (with no flash).

Sad, because HTC once did pioneer that approach, but now they've gone all in on bigger numbers. Meh.

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches


Re: It's an unknown

I can tell you, living in a country apart from my family, that Whatsapp has proven to be a simple and easy method (for all) to keep in touch, for free, without any logins, sign-ups, social media pages, or any other such complications. No usernames to be shared, just the phone number they already know.

Would I prefer an open-source piece of software instead? Yup, but introducing any hurdles, or an unfamiliar piece of software can be confusing for some. Whatsapp fills a simple need, and actually does it surprisingly well. I also pushed back against it for some time, but for me, the benefits have outweighed any negatives so far.

I'm no fan of Facebook, and personally don't have an account, but there's very much value for me in being able to conduct a group chat with my family, overseas, for free. Fact is, life isn't black and white. Sticking to dead-end principles just leads to you looking like Stallman.

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style


Re: Test, test and test again...






The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'


Re: No surprise then

This is Apple's designed silicon - what's stopping them from adding some hardware on-die to accelerate x86-64 calls, offloading a lot of software emulation?

They could phase out the extra logic after a couple of years, leaving nothing but Acorn's finest

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


Utterly senseless

They've effectively lived together in isolation for months. Logic and basic common sense dictates that this was fine. Apparently logic and basic common sense are dead these days.

SE's baaaack: Apple flings out iPhone SE 2020, priced at £419


Re: 5G?

No 5G is a definite bonus


Re: Only took Apple 2 years...

Yeah, the market is a wasteland for people that want a normal sized phone.

So much so that I bought an extra xiaomi redmi 4x just because nothing else appeals to me. Now that's rough.


Way too muct

I mis-read it as 149, and thought it might be interesting. 419? Nope.

AMD takes another crack at Intel's server stronghold with more Epyc silicon


Re: 240W 7F52 16 cores at 3.5-3.9GHz with 256MB of L3

It's well known that the newest epyc chips are about twice as efficient as intel's equivalent

India kicks off competition for home-grown video conferencing clone


you're not wrong

they'd bill at as being very secure, as not leaking any data - because the sodding thing would never even work in the first place

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all


Re: Teams is a flaming pile of

I'm not the biggest fan of Skype, either, which is why it's frustrating that Microsoft have put out a product that makes some features of Skype look good.

Oh, and I should be able to dial external, normal phone numbers from the search bar. Skype had that function too.

I do believe that one day Teams will be half-decent. Just in time for Microsoft to replace it again with something half-baked.


Teams is a flaming pile of

There are a lot of things wrong with Teams, but could we at least start with some basics?

Many video feeds at once. Not just 4. Even Skype could do more than that. It looks ridiculous on a huge monitor to have 4 feeds.

Pop-out chat windows. This is a big one for me. I miss messages all the time in Teams because they don't generate new pop-up windows. I never missed messages in Skype.

Status indicators in the listbox result when you search for people, not just on the person's page.

Search arbitrary fields in AD in the search box like Skype does. I could search for a department name in Skype's search field, and it would return results. Teams does not do this. It is a worse tool for collaborative communication.

Reply with message when people call, like Skype, instead of just accept or deny.

Slim that bloated pile down.. seriously, it consumes and consumes. While they're at at, they should make the controls and window standard. I hate the fact every application these days needs to have its own controls and window chrome. I have a lot more complaints too, but it's late, and I'm tired.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again


Re: A redundant jack of all trades and master of none?

You're absolutely spot on. It's all there is to it. DAB is the answer to a question that existed at some point, but doesn't any longer. It just needs to be quietly phased out.


They need to stop

FM radio works well, and it's not buffered, giving cheap, low power access to instant broadcasts.

DAB fills a need that doesn't exist, and never did exist.

If we want varied broadcasts that lag behind real-time, head to the internet. Most people have a smartphone.

DAB is the technology that needs to be phased out, not FM.

Motorola casually trots out third UK release in as many months: This time it's a 'Lite' take on the Moto G8 Power


I couldn't agree more.

There's nothing on the market for you these days.

UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house


Re: "One form of exercise a day"

The job guidelines are shit. The government needs to force a lot more working from home.

I've been working from home for over a week now.

Forget toilet roll, bandwidth is the new ration: Amazon, YouTube also degrade video in Europe to keep 'net running amid coronavirus crunch


Re: Bandwidth like Bank Reserves?

15Mbit is in my opinion far too little for a 4Khdr stream. It's why standard full hd blurays tend to look better than any streaming.


Re: Excuse me...

You're also saving the environment. Streaming is very energy intensive.

Finally – news that something is guaranteed to be healthy and well looked-after for the next six months. That something is Windows 10 1709



3 more years with ESU

ESU bypass works.. for now

European electric vehicle sales surged in Q4 2019 but only accounted for wafer-thin slice of total car purchases


Re: Range & Time for a FULL charge

I've done about 11 hours without stopping for anything but petrol once, but that's reaching the limits

We checked in with the new Windows 10X build, and let's just say getting this ready for late 2020 will be a challenge


Re: Please, no more.....

No, it's full of people who don't have the patience to suffer with software that's slower and less functional than that they used to have.

That's completely reasonable.

Motorola bounds out the G8 with a harder, better, faster smartphone for the thrifty


Re: Not progress

motorola droid turbo = 5.2", 2560x1440, came out in 2014

That said, I personally just am fine with 1280x720 at 5" inch or less. So hard to find these days

Microsoft's latest cloud innovation: Printing


Right, so send a document up to a server on the internet

.. and then download the data again to a local printer.

No. I hate all this inelegant "cloud" rubbish. Just stop.

Printers are enough of a pain in the arse without reliance on a sodding internet connection and some stupid Windows "cloud" service in the picture. I pretty much don't have to deal with printers at all these days, though.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage


Re: Dear Maersk

They've just plummeted in my reckoning...

Latest battery bruiser Android from budget Moto G range appears ahead of MWC after an Amazon whoopsie


What's with these huge phones

Has everyone grown freakish hands? I don't get it.

If they made this thing at a reasonable size (<140mm tall) then I'd be in.

As it is, I've got two Xiaomi Redmi 4X, and I plan to ride them as long as I can... big battery, reasonable size, decent feature set.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!


I miss..

.. software designed to do a few things well.

We're still far from the stability, speed and simplicity of netware, so many years on, with Windows Server.

Back up a minute: Private equity outfit coughs $5bn for Veeam


Hmmm... I work a lot with Veeam. This sounds kind of fishy. Also, didn't the new CEO used to be the old CEO back in 2017? Surely there was a reason he was changed out back then.

Magnetic cockroaches, dirty money, wombat poo and posties' balls: It's the Ig Nobels 2019


Re: Always knew..

Wait, people these days wait until the weekend before indulging in a few pints?

No wonder the pub trade is in dire straits.

To all: do your best to keep the pubs alive!

Opal Fruits, Princess Diana and... PowerToys? Microsoft is dragging Windows 10 back to '95


Yes please. Windows 7 still looks better than Windows 10, Windows 10's design really has no character at all.


Hover came on the Windows 95 disc. I remember it being fascinating.

Microsoft's only gone and published the exFAT spec, now supports popping it in the Linux kernel


Re: What if ...

MacOS wouldn't get on very well if it didn't support exFAT, seeing as it's used by people with shiny cameras and such, where the default format for large cards is... exFAT. Of course it supports exFAT. It has done for 10 years.

Dixons hits back at McAfee's £30m antivirus sueball: Your AV didn't work on Windows 10S


But Windows Defender is better, so why would they even push this crap

Can't bear to part with that well-worn copy of Windows 7? Microsoft might let you keep it updated an extra year


Re: At Eric, re: staying with Windows.

The offer never ended. Windows 7 keys activate Windows 10.

They just said that it ended, twice, without ever actually ending it.

Rome wasn't built in a day, wasn't teased in a day, either: AMD's 7nm second-gen 64-core Epyc server chips finally land


Intel's 'answer'

Intel has no technical answer to this, but their real answer is "who cares?".

At the end of the day, there's an incredible amount of intertia in the medium size enterprise space that seems to rely entirely on Intel - maybe deliberately, maybe not, but they take the CPUs that come in the servers in their price bracket.

Where are the Cisco blades with EPYC? Where are the droves of ProLiant and PowerEdges with EPYC?

It's a shame, because this time AMD has really delivered. More than twice the cores, better IPC, much lower power usage for performance delivered. It delivers in a big way, in every available metric, at a lower price. I hope the market wakes up to this.

Intel continuing to deliver mediocrity (full with security holes) doesn't deserve the success it currently enjoys.

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report


Re: This is strange an frightening.

not just different teams, but on a distinct cpu architecture, too, if memory serves. now that's excellent practice

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal


Re: Force-marched to Teams

Yeah, because Office 365 is so responsive and reliable compared to an on-prem Exchange server


Re: Skype for Business

I take it you haven't used Teams, then, because it's far, far worse

Sleeping Tesla driver wonders why his car ploughed into 11 traffic cones on a motorway


Re: 2 points

I have also seen someone fully asleep, sat (basically) upright on a bench, with beverage flask in hand (of the alcoholic variety). It's actually quite impressive to see.

Stones, meet glass house: Mind behind Windows 8 GUI disses Windows 10 over leak


Re: stop fucking around with the start menu

I'd argue that the last good thing that happened to the start menu was the introduction of a search box, that could instantly launch programmes from the start menu just by typing.

That worked in Vista and 7, but in 8 and 10, they managed to ruin it, so most of the time it doesn't even find stuff in the start menu, and takes forever if it ever does.

Just add water: Efficient Energy’s HFC-free chillers arrive in the UK


Re: Erm...

Technically correct, the best type of correct


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