* Posts by Piro

1747 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008

So... just 'Good' then? KFC pulls Finger Lickin' slogan while pandemic rumbles on

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Cluckin' Good

I Can't Believe It's Not Chicken

Grease 'n' Gristle

Cluck 'til you Chuck

Samsung says it makes the world’s best holes. Yes, holes. Holes so good they even get a brand

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A notch by any other name

Is still a defect in part of the screen.

No thanks.

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

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Denmark's databases are very centralised

Seeing as an extraordinary number of daily activities are logged under a single number which belongs to an individual, it would be trivial to amass an enormous amount of verifiable information about a Danish citizen, with the right access.

If you think Mozilla pushed a broken Firefox Android build, good news: It didn't. Bad news: It's working as intended

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Just 'downgrade'

"no, once you’ve upgraded to the new browser, you won’t be able to return to the old browser," Moz says.

Wrong, thanks to apkmirror.

Then disable auto-update, and start the search for something better. *sigh*

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update

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You've piqued my curiosity - what happened?

UK.gov shakes hands on cloud agreement with 'non-cloud service provider' HPE

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Greenlake.. watch out

You'll probably get sucked in to a crappy deal that doesn't save you money.

We have bad news for non-US Microsoft fans: The incoming Surface Duo is underspecced, overpriced, and over there

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Re: Why?

Maybe computers, but they've always done solid peripherals - joysticks, controllers, mice, keyboards; even steering wheels. They don't made such a wide range any longer, but they did make some quality items.

Oppo Find X2 Neo: We're not getting any slimmer through lockdown, but phones are

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Pint

If I had to buy a brand new phone right now, it'd be the Pixel 4a. And I'm not enamoured with any of the currently available devices. But for me, it's a decent choice out of a mediocre bunch.

If it was a bit shorter (<140mm), didn't have a cut-out camera in the screen, had a larger battery and a wireless charging coil, then it'd pretty much be ideal. Wait, does it have dual-sim? If not, forget it...

It's also a requirement for me that a phone be easy to root. I'm just not buying the latest devices, because if there's no way to root, it's not acceptable.

China slams President Trump's TikTok banned-or-be-bought plan in the US

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It doesn't have much to do with this, though.

I wish the UK would have shown more protectionism, way too many businesses have been sold off left and right.

You think the UK coronavirus outbreak was bad? Just wait till winter: Study shows test-and-trace system is failing

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Re: COVID is nothing compared to being hacked to death with a machete over the last tin of beans.

Correct. Sweden's economy is going to suffer anyway, AND they experienced a very significant death rate compared to their neighbours.

Assimilation completed! HPE says it has finished the merger with Cray and unveils combo supercomputing lineup

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Oh dear

Something about this deal is completely off.

Google reveals washable phone case, plus the new midrange Pixel 4a that goes inside it

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Not bad, an almost reasonable size, and an OK price tag.

Shame about the small battery and the lack of wireless charging, those charging coils cost almost nothing these days. It has a plastic back, so it's ready for it!

Almost there.

Microsoft to Cortana: you’re not going out dressed in iOS or Android, young lady!

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Re: "Cortana’s incarnation in a Harman Kardon smart speaker will end"

It's rather simple.. anything that's called "smart $productname" is definitely the opposite. It's simply something that's going to be obsolete extremely quickly.

People may scoff at the fact I kicked my "smart TV" off the network and only use a normal PC hooked up to it, but I'm happy that way, it works for me, and I never need to worry about arbitrary support dates.

Google extends homeworking until this time next year – as Microsoft finds WFH is terrific... for Microsoft

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Re: Anecdotally

I agree with you. I don't suffer a reduction in screen space though, seeing as I have a 43" 3840x2160 monitor.

I personally have been really enjoying it. I don't miss commuting at all, and it's nice to be able to catch up on a bit of house work in my break, so I have even more free time after I'm actually done with work.

Then again, I'm not alone, as I sit next to my wife who's also working from home, so I have company. It'd probably be different with a total lack of face to face contact throughout the day.

I also live in a house with a garden, which also very much helps. I don't think I could get much done if I lived in a city with constant noise, and I appreciate being able to step outside for a bit and stretch one's legs during the day.

VMware's flagship vSphere now in never-ending beta, if you're up for it

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Re: VMware, don't you know that "Beta" is a slur?

Hah!

Motorola Moto G 5G Plus: It won't blow your mind, but at £300 we're struggling to find much to grumble about

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It's really hard. The iPhone SE2 comes to mind, but on the android front, choice is severely lacking. So much competition, yet so little variety.

I use a Xiaomi Redmi 4x with a custom rom, and it suits me fine. I do wish there were more options under 140mm tall though

AMD pushes 64-core 4.2GHz Ryzen Threadripper Pro workstation processors

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Wrong

There's no way you can say in blanket terms, that a PC you buy today will be faster than the one you bought 3 years ago.

Maybe you've forgotten that laptops exist, or budget products exist?

The work laptop I received at my new job was slower than the work desktop PC I had 3 years before it.

An email banning our staff from using TikTok? Haha, funny story about that, we didn't mean it – Amazon

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I've never used TikTok, I don't know what it is, and I really don't want to know.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

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Re: Windows 2000

Don't be like that. You know it's not reasonable.

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

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Re: We hear these stories all the time

I think it's getting worse. Growing up, equality was the mantra. Now the left wants non-white supremacy and segregation. All this focus on identity politics is really dragging down the quality of discourse today.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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..

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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'

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Re: Test, test and test again...

Absolutely

Guaranteed

Indubitably

Lamentable

Errors

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

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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

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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

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Re: 5G?

No 5G is a definite bonus

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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W7

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

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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

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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.

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