* Posts by Dexter

102 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Oct 2009


Apple is beginning to undo decades of Intel, x86 dominance in PC market


Re: Speedbump

My 12 year old iMac still works just fine. It’s not running the latest version of OSX but everything seems to still work

If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is: Nobody can decrypt the Dharma ransomware


Re: Can someone explain.....

You are missing that most people never seem to back up anything at all

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones


If it were half the price and had double the battery life, I'd buy it like a shot. I hate big phones.

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama


Re: Should they email you notices

SMS don't cost money to the network provider; they are the ones who are charging you!

Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS


I used a device with sleep tracking for a while.

I think it's a bit of a gimmick; it looks like it's giving you lots of info, but it basically tells you that you slept badly or slept well.

Funnily enough I already know that when it comes to time to get up in the morning.

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone


Why not just buy a smaller phone?

Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board


Re: Trump doesn't get global trade

The most expensive parts of a phone will have been fabbed in South Korea (if using a Samsung chipset) or Taiwan (if using Qualcomm or Apple).

Not many wafer-scale fabs in Germany.

watchOS 5 hints at new Apple wearables and life beyond the Watch


Re: cheapest option wins

Skagen large? They are very thin and light.

I have a titanium one on now, and it's great to wear a watch you can hardly feel.

Not a smart watch though, but I've never felt the need for one of those.

Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'


Re: These "new" iPhones

The iPhone SE is very reasonably priced, and has the merit of being the same size as the iPhone 5

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash


Re: A company

Two google homes talking to each other:


Currently offline, but scroll down a bit for various surreal conversations.

US think-tank wants IoT device design regulated, because security


Re: Wishful thinking

The mBed is much too heavyweight and power hungry for really small devices like sensors, and probably too expensive for many cheap IOT devices.

Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access


Re: "on the UK island of Jersey"

The Celts only arrived sometime in the Iron Age (probably around 500BC), displacing the Britons who were already here. So they are incomers as well. The previous (non Celtic, and probably non-Indo-European) language still survives in some place names, but not much else.

Doubtless there were other waves of migration before that.

Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands


Re: These idiots woke me up TWICE !

Surely the best way not to be woken by your phone is to switch it off when you are asleep?

Or any other time you don't want to be disturbed.

Not sure why this seems to be impossible for many people.

Qualcomm agrees to acquire semiconductor biz NXP for $47bn


Qualcomm is already a fabless semiconductor company. They use TSMC, Samsung and others.

NXP has a few (old) Fabs, but nothing cutting edge.

LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?


Re: "a 32-bit DAC, part of a burgeoning partnership with Bang & Olufsen"

AC wrote:

... and scientifically proven to be completely useless, in double-blind A/B comparisons (that was for 24-bit versus 16-bit).


Shhh. Don't you know double blind trials are anathema to HiFi folks?

Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe


It's not the poor buggers working in the call centre they should arrest.

It's the people who set the call centre up.

Windows Phone dives into irrelevant-like-BlackBerry territory


I have a Windows Phone for work, and I have to say it's pretty good.

Very few apps, but as a work/email/web browser/sat nav/document viewer it is very good.

Good camera, too.

Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016


Re: Linux on the desktop

I tried Linux on the desktop for a while.

Then I discovered all the things which almost worked, but not quite.

Like printing photos.

Syncing music to an iPod.

Editing Word documents.

and on and on and on.

Got a Mac and things 'just worked'. All the good thing about Linux (Unix under the hood with all the usual command line tools), without the shitty UI and half-broken tools that never quite do what you want.

Linux is great for servers. Use it all the time for that. With a command line interface.

Linux as a desktop is always almost there, but not quite ready yet.

Microsoft researchers smash homomorphic encryption speed barrier


Re: Huh?

That's what homomorphic encryption is - it lets you operate on the encrypted data without decrypting it.

I suggest you go and read up about it; it sounds like magic, but it's just maths.

Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward


Re: Does it still hate the user?

sisk: Maybe I'm an oddball but I've always found Gimp's UI to be much more intuitive that Photoshop's.

Maybe I'm an oddball but I've always found both Gimp and Photoshop (and Pixelmator on the Mac) to be hideously difficult and unintuitive to use. It always takes ten times as long as it should to do anything, and involves copious use of 'undo'.

Windows 10 won't come to old WinPhones until some time in early 2016


My work phone is a Windoze device, and I have to say, as a smart phone it is absolutely fine.

Very few apps, but it comes with most of the stuff you might need anyway.

Syncs well with Outlook.

Wouldn't buy one myself, but quite happy to use one.

Intel hires Qualcomm's compute leader to lead new mobile push


I worked in the same building as Murthy in Cambridge I guess back in the late 80s.

I don't know what he was like to work for, but working within earshot (about 50 metres) was pretty irritating because he was so LOUD.

In fact, I'm sure he was the model for loud Howard in the Dilbert strips.

Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more


Re: So you've reached 0.5c...

How do you slow down?

Get someone to point a big laser at you from the other direction, of course.

Or just run into to something - that will slow you down quite quickly.

VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies



Don't think for one minute that it was just hippies/Greenpeace/vegan sandal wearers who stopped us building more nuclear reactors.

Big Oil had much to gain by scuppering nuclear power.

Big Oil has lots of money and well paid lobbyists.

They even seem to have convinced an El Reg columnist that burning lots of fossil fuels is fine.

That's how good they are.

Follow the money, folks.

Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill


GitHub is the spawn of the devil.

I don't get it. Why would you want to put all your source code out in the cloud where everyone can steal it?

Aussies turn to comic cat videos for comfort


I, for one, welcome our new feline overlords

One of the cats in the show clearly has an opposable thumb.

We're doomed.

C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17


Re: C++ haters: What about performance?

Jake wrote:

"real time systems, network software and drivers"

All K&R and/or assembler, not C++.


I must have been imagining all the real time systems and network software I've written in C++ over the last 20 years (device drivers I'll agree with, never seen one of those in C++). Many of those would have been exceedingly painful to do in C and would have resulted in unmaintainable code.

C++ is a solid systems language which gives the same performance as C but is much easier to write and maintain.

Just because you can't conceive of it, don't assume nobody else can.

The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star


Re: DAB...

> Since there is no compelling reason to change from FM

There is in our house. FM reception is bad and always has been. DAB is fine.

No wristjob, please, we're Apple fans: Just 10% would buy the Apple Watch


Re: It's all bollox anyway

I ditched my smartphone and went back to a Nokia candy bar after I realised I never used the phone for anything except calls and the occasional text. The Nokia is 1/3 the size and weight, and the battery lasts a week.

When you consider what high end watches cost from the like of Omega and Rolex, the Apple watch doesn't look so bad.

For pity's sake, you fool! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it worse


Re: Apple builds crap computers designed to fail after just a couple of years

My iMac is still going strong after 5 years.

I've seen Macs well over 10 years old still working fine.

Come to that, I've seen Windows machines over 10 years old still working.

Just because you once had a bad experience, don't assume it is typical.

Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW


Our corporate IS only just upgraded everyone from XP to Win 7 last year.

And that caused all sorts of problems with USB and serial port drivers (needed for debugging chip firmware); mostly sorted now. Win 7 does seem more stable than XP.

It may be a while before they move on to Win 11 or whatever the latest version is.

CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD


Why no lyrics?

Why has nobody added sleeve notes to iTunes?

You can get the album art, and display it on the screen.

Is it really beyond the wit of man to display some text? Maybe display the lyrics, too?

When I buy a record or CD it generally has useful stuff on there (like who is playing what instrument, when the song was recorded, that sort of thing). When I download, nada; no context. It is the musical equivalent of getting somewhere by SatNav; you get there but have no clue how.

Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears


The main use for my iPod is to sit in its Bose dock at home and act as my main music library - it contains all the CDs, LPs and tapes which used to clutter up the shelves.

A mobile phone is no use for this - you can't use it for other things while it is sitting in a dock on the shelf; or if I've gone out and taken the phone with me then nobody else can play music.

Seems to me a phone is only good as a music player if you just listen to music yourself over headphones, which I do basically never.

There is still a use for a dedicated music player. Anyway, the iPod (Classic) still works fine.

Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac


Re: Imagined use case?

Having occasionally had to use AZERTY (as opposed to QWERTY) keyboards while in France, and indeed QWERTZ keyboards in Germany, I can attest to the fact that it causes constant irritation.

Most of the keys are in the same place, but just enough are not to cause brain-ache.

Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan


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" but how many 120kW outlets can you install without your own sub-station?"

Never mind the sub-station, that's easy and cheap (certainly in the same league of cost as installing a petrol station's tanks). The problem is that the distribution network wasn't designed for this sort of additional load, so you need to reinforce your connection to the transmission system, and that tends to be expensive.


Just install a petrol or diesel powered generator at the filling station. Plenty of fuel there to power it as needed. Problem solved!

Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language


Re: complexity and obsequiousness

As someone from the Pascal and then VB camp (and SQL), I still prefer Begins and Ends over harder to see spidery litte { } things. Personal preference I know, but it's easier to see with my eyes.


#define begin {

#define end }

The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'


I sold my Palm IIIx (complete with fold-up keyboard) on e-bay last year.

Still working fine after 12 years of heavy use.

It sold for not very much, but I thought it better to let someone who wanted it have it than chuck it in the bin.

New secure OS will put Tails between NSA's legs


Wasn't TOR originally designed by DARPA (i.e. the US Govt)?

So I'm sure the NSA is well aware of how to track TOR stuff if it wants to.

'Dads from the Midwest' pull down their email-spaffing LinkedIn plugin


LinkedIn seems to be just a massive spam magnet. I've no idea why anyone would want to be on it.

Tor Project claims 'fake' Tor Browser sat in iOS App Store for months


Re: To all the paranoid sheeple.

Yeah, everyone knows the NSA hide their stuff in Flappy Bird and other free games.

Google slurps sound-powered security upstart SlickLogin


So now if someone steals your phone they can use it to log in securely to your laptop?


Android users running old OS versions? Not anymore, say latest stats


Re: 98.2% of Android devices run old OS versions

Even Nexus devices don't always help. I have a Galaxy Nexus which has Bluetooth LE.

I've upgraded it to Android 4.3, which has Bluetooth LE support.

Can I use Bluetooth LE? No, I can't because the kernel on the phone doesn't have a BLE driver, and Samsung say they won't release an updated kernel.

Possibly a custom kernel would fix that, but my experience with custom kernels has been bad - phone dead or refusing to boot.

DJANGO UNCHAINED: Don't let 'preview' apps put you off Fedora 20

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I'm running a new-ish Fedora but I got fed up with Gnome a while back and just use xfce, which is nice and simple and doesn't get in the way at all. Just like Gnome used to be, in fact

TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets


Am I the only one astounded that 61% of the population has Sat Navs?

Whatever is wrong with maps and road signs?

Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios


Re: Retro, Meh

Re: Retro, Meh

Retro is good because it looks nice. If you don't like retro looks, don't buy it.

Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS


My work laptop, which runs Windows XP takes 20 *minutes* from switch on to Outlook being usable..

Thank god they are killing XP; maybe I'll get anew laptop at last.

Google faces fresh privacy gripes for splashing your G+ mug over ads


My G+ profile photo is a very nice shot of one of my cats.

He's much better looking than me anyway.

Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles



have you ever tried taking a call whilst skiing down a mountain?


Why would I answer the phone when I'm skiing?

You don't *have* to answer the phone, you know.

Sorry fanbois, no supersize Apple fondleslabs for you


The dogs bark

but the caravan moves on

Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset


Re: Parallax??

The effect is the same on an iPhone, just much less noticeable because of the smaller screen.

What I don't like in iOS7 are the new spindly fonts, which I find harder to read.

Changing font sizes and setting 'use bold' in settings doesn't seem to affect most apps.