* Posts by Fizzl

39 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Mar 2009

Everything you need to know about HP's three-in-one x3 deals


Almost but

I still want a do it all x86 phone.

My experience of HP over the years says no thanks. I gave them a chance last year with the 8inch cherry trail tablet but it had so many issues I eventually got a refund and went with the 8inch dell.

Still would be nice to have a small pc in my pocket instead of a tablet and an android.

Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap


Nothing new?

Cherry trail tablets are fast, x86 and mine runs xcom without needing a fan but haven't we had fanless PC's in our pockets for a while now?

Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

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Deal of the century

Free drone with every book purchase? I've been meaning to look at mid air drone hacking..

On the other hand forget the books.. where are the pizza delivery drones?!

Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers



I was a scout in the 90's and don't remember religion having anything to do with it.

Mostly climbing trees and seeing who could build the biggest fire.

Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...


Re: Maybe dyslexia?

Yep I can relate to that having dyslexia.

It's the other end of the same scale (same gene opposite extremes in brain structure) there are many commonalities.

In the dyslexia case you will find you can't filter out the irrelevant so lots of people talking gets confusing.

The difference is dyslexia will make you much better at multitasking, seeing connections, performing analyse and the big picture stuff. Details are irrelevant once you have established it works. People seem to broadcast there emotions on loud speaker so it becomes difficult sometimes.

Annoyingly thing is it has very little to do with spelling.

Same advise though. If your work doesn't get it then sod them someone else can have your talent. A boss who sees what you can do and is happy to help you with the rest is awesome.

Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY


Old man of the Internet

Damn kids get off my virtual lawn!

Dell revives WinPho handset brand for Win 8.1 fondleslabs


Venue 8 + a small phone for the once a month when I call someone is sounding like the upgrade from note 2.

4G would have been nice.

Can't fit slab AND mobe in your tight pockets? 10 tablets with built-in 3G/4G



I'm interested in the 8 inch Windows tablet with 4G + a small phone combination. Should fit in the suit jacket nicely.

Miix 8 and Venue looking the most interesting so far.

Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived


USB, bluetooth and type covers solve the keyboard problem. The whole point is I'm trying not to lug a laptop everywhere.

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Haswell or GTFO is my new chant for 7-8inch tablets.

An operating system crippled by the use of not quite java is fine for a phone but I I'd like my next fondleslab to do C, Python, Perl and dare I say it, some Ruby as well.

Apple worth more than Microsoft and Intel combined


Here is a picture of a sign, your arguement is invalid!

The Wintel comparison became irrelevant since Apple stopped being a PC seller (yes a mac is a PC) and became a gadget seller!

Also it's been a long time since a PC was just Microsoft and Intel or that it was important to have either. My graphics card cost more and has far greater impact than my OS and Processor combined.

Feel free to compare like for like such as iOS vs Windows vs Android/Chrome vs Linux or x86 vs x64 vs ARM or maybe Intel vs AMD vs the myriad of ARM producers.

The problem I have with Apple is all the others you can mix and match (yes even Windows (7/8) on ARM and Android on x86 coming soon!). Buy from Jobs and you will be stuck under his thumb. His hardware, his software and anything more innervation than an app is unwelcome.

Amazon Kindles love for Windows and Android



But I already have it on my android phone, I thought the tablets were using the same OS with a bigger screen? Surely there is no need for a separate version.

I've always had a great tradition of stealing my sisters books once she has read them, this has continued after she got a Kindle by using the Android app and her account! Next up is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Chinese bot will slurp your Droid


They are always quick to scare us..

As long as the android stance of all aps are equal holds true there is very little an anti virus can do to protect its self let alone the users data. Some common sense about what you programs you allow on your device and what rights they are asking for is the best defence.

Co-op cashier's breasts overcharged for fruit and veg


Back of an envelope time

The Internet seems to think the average weight of a pepper is between 100g and 200g so lets say 150g at 79p or about 1.9g per pence * 200p = 379.75g added. If I'm wrong all letters of complaint should be addressed to my GCSE maths teacher.

Of course the next question is how much do they weigh over all. I'm led to believe methods that don't involve sharp knives requires the body part in question to be submerged in water and the answer comes from weighing the displaced water.

Plastic plod used police database to find dates


quiet cheap!

Only £100 per person eh? Sounds like a bargin.

I kind of assumed the plods had someone who would act as a proxy and say if their date was legit or not. The other services certaily do.

Canadian teen charged with school board hack


What? No!

He's a school child, by definition he is not old enough to know better or be responsible. Schools who resort to the legal system to enforce school discipline have lost the plot.

When I was that age I got caught doing far worse to school computers just for the hell of it. I got detention and banned from the computer room for a few weeks.

Fallout: New Vegas

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Go play the Hardcore Mode!

There is much more to hardcore than just needing to eat and sleep, for a start you wont be able to just charge into a room full of bad guys and just chug stim packs to stay alive.

To me compared to the last one it feels like a more balanced game, crafting is actually useful, perks, skills and stats are much rarer (so far) so decisions like armour and gun type matter more. The tweaks to the interface also make it a lot cleared what each item does. This is a much better game than Fallout 3, I don't care about the 2008 graphics.

2 out of 3 Android apps use private data 'suspiciously'


There isn't an app for that...

Unless google change their all apps are equal mantra firewalls/virus scanners will be useless. All they can do is sugest to the user they might want to uninstal a suspect app. If the app isn't on the list then it won't be able to spot it. In my disertation I wrote five (short) lines of code that could disable another app (such as a virus scanner) and worked ok a fully patched 2.2 (not that most people will ever be fully patched. Firewalls fair no better as the internet permission is an all or nothing afair.

Hands on with Motorola's Milestone 2 and Defy

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me too!

At least my Milestone 1 has got the 2.1 update but some are saying 2.2 wont appear until next year! (It came out in July) Conveniently AFTER the Milestone 2 will have been released.

There is actually a drive by browser attack you can perform on 2.1 that is fixed in 2.2 so it's more than just holding features back.

I wont be getting a Milestone 2 any more if this is what we can expect from Motorola (It does look nice though)

Now if only someone would make a Phone 7 with slide out keyboard... at least MS know how to do regular updates!

PC World, Currys to offer cash for clunkers

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I have an 8086 somewhere...

If you don't want to trade in your old machine then your local tip/IT department will probably have a few old machines that can be coxed into life.

Royal Society opens inquiry into why kids hate tech


Is there a GCSE in using a Pen?

The likes of RSA Typing and ECDL need to be taught in the class room as early as possible but not as 'IT' these should be taught in English.

I seem to recall doing a GCSE in English that was all about writing skills (Which I failed) and GCSE in English literature (Which I did much better in).

A GCSE in English needs to reflect the modern times, no one ever hand writes documents these days so just as English lessons used to test your ability to hand write they should now be testing your ability to produce the same documents on a computer. This should continue to be a core subject ever child needs to learn. English will still cover the reading, speaking, listening etc. that is does now.

A GCSE in 'IT' should be a specialist subject available as an option it will briefly touch on areas such as:

Basic Programming concepts using C

PC Components and tech support

Networking Technologies

Information Security

The idea is not to teach them anything particularly useful but it should be enough inspire those few who are capable of taking it further (Just like all GCSE's). Not everyone will want to do it and in the end most people are crap at very technical stuff, this will never change.

I do feel it is important to teach if only as an awareness thing, it wasn't until a few years ago I discovered Information Security was a real topic you could just ask to study. I do wonder how the last 10 years would gone had I known then what I know now. (No one thought to tell the kid who spent lunch times hacking the school computers you are allowed to do that sort of thing for a living.)

Proper IT needs a damn good teacher to do it, the sort of personalities that do very well in IT can detect a fraud a mile away and it's very hard to teach if your class has no respect for you. I dropped out of A-Level computing because the teacher was an idiot in my eyes and this put me off the subject. After 5 years of wilderness I got back into Education and did BSc Computer Science & IT then an MSc in Information Security and had a lot of fun doing it.

Skeletal scanner would ID terrorists from 50 meters



Ok you go ahead and break your own bones but I'll just get some animal bones sewn into the inside of my cloths.

On an unrelated note... if body scanners = ghost porn does this me soon we shall have skeleton porn?

Hoax Facebook virus makes more trouble than a real virus


Has the Internet learnt nothing!?

It's ICQ all over again.

HP pays to end kickback probe


Of course not!

When the government gets it then it's either taxation or donations depending how rich you are.

Women, gorillas likelier to have sex with men wearing red


Makes sense.

There is some science, women are better at perceiving red than men because the code for 'can see red' is in the X chromosome. This means 99% of women get a double dose of red (also means it's rare for a female to be colour blind) the rest of the population have to get by with one or less shots of red. Same reason most women really can spot the difference between white and er.. white.

Yorks cops charge Segway rider under 1835 road law


No bikes on the pavment!

Peddle bikes, electric bikes and even granny scooters are not permitted on the pavements and subject to a fine of £30.

So unless he can persuade them it is a shoe I don't think they will be allowed in future.

Feed curry to sheep, boffins suggest


What will the sheeps responce to the morning Ring o' Fire be?

Scorched wool anyone?

Best Buy tech finds 'child abuse' wallpaper on broken PC


Chain of evidance?

If he has a good lawyer he could equally argue that the best buy tech's had ample time with the machine to put the pictures on and falsify logs. It's very hard to provide an uncorrupted chain of evidence with PC's.

Lawyer: So how did you discover the pictures were on the laptop?

Tech: I turned it on.

Lawyer: No more questions your honour.

Expert witness: The boot process has altered the contents of the hard disk.

Lawyer: The evidence has been tampered with, I move that exhibit A is inadmissible.

The judge will most likely not be failure with how computers work but he will know how evidence works and have to drop it.

Boffins demo one-molecule DNA 'walker' nano-bot


We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes

Zombie version --> "nanobots would be able to attach to cells, kill them and then perform basic tasks"

Bill Gates backs ball-busting ultrasound


Reminds me of Half-life 2

'The Suppression Field is a field imposed by the Combine upon gaining dominance of Earth, which prevents human procreation, and helps to keep the population in check. '

Ah so that is how they do it!

Apple patent shows iPhone ruling the home


More fun for hackers.

Plus when the machines rise up I'm not going to be able to open the curtains or change the channel as well!

Swine flu will [enter scare words here]...


What next?

'What happens next will be clear to anyone who's seen 28 Days Later...'

A poor quality sequel? H1N2 maybe?

French workers threaten to blow up factory


What's next for the french 'worker'?

So before it was kidnap/imprisonment of your boss and demand money, now they are threatening to blow something up and demanding money..? Best case you could call it extortion but we have labeled people terrorists for less.

So when do we go back to the tradition of war with France? The travel costs for our armed forces will be less than they are now!

'Alien' lifeform wakened from 120,000 year Arctic slumber


I hope we have...

... Kurt Russell and Keith David on standby with a Flame-thrower or two.

Periodic table adding new element

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Larry Ellison relives reveals network computer netbook dream

Gates Halo

What is the point of having no hard drive?

I could understand it if hard disks where expensive but they are not.

A hard disk is one of the least expensive bits you could remove. Cost of internet will have to be reduced and quality increased before this is useful and people running BT have made it very clear that isn't going to happen any time soon so it's a no go for the UK.

And when all is said and done, MS do make good (enough) products and past experiences makes me sceptical of a fully java OS.

'Supermodel' glow-in-the-dark pocket monkeys created

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More please!

Totally marketable, they will be in pet shops within 5 years.

'Della': Dell's very special site for women

Paris Hilton

Step back a moment.

Is this really so surprising? To be honest this is what a lot of women want from a Netbook. I also don't see this as any different to marketing PC products with a busty woman, fast car or footballer.

The dell site is still there with its nice business like gender neutral front for those who don't view computers as only a social networking tool in a variety of colours but this della crap isn't far off what I see when walking down Guildford high-street or on the front cover of a women's mag.

I do wish most women didn't respond to this stuff and thought playing games and stripping down a PC was a fun night in but that is unfortunately a rare case.

Expedition to probe cavern lake 3km beneath Antarctic ice

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someThing down there?

We require Kurt Russell, Keith David some swedes and lots of flamethrowers.