* Posts by Confuciousmobil

242 publicly visible posts • joined 31 Dec 2009


Tesla battery fire finally flamed out after four-day conflagration


Re: Extinguishers...

Redox flow batteries are designed for large scale storage where Lion batteries are totally unsuitable. Who’s bright idea was this project?

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts


I like it

I like Teams (mostly) apart from its lack of multi monitor support.

But I have a PC for work and iPads for personal use (I do have a laptop but very rarely use it).

I work with computers all day and have done since the early 80s, I like something I don’t have to worry about for personal use and keep my work and private life separate.

By the sounds of the posts here, I am in a minority of one.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps


They’ve already said it has the ability to run Android so you can install your own.

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer


Re: As opposed to what, exactly?

In civilised countries your loss of liberty is your punishment.

In the USA you go to prison to be punished.

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10


Isn’t that the same date….

That the UK will come out of covid restrictions?

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer


Re: Credit where it's due

Exclude the bean counters? Are you sure they weren’t the ones responsible for this bug? Have you seen their share price since the incident?

I’m sure the bean counters couldn’t be happier.

Steve Wozniak to take stand: $1m suit claiming Woz stole idea for branded tech boot camp goes to trial


My idea

I had the idea in 1965, I just never told anyone. Can I sue?

The future is now, old man: Let the young guns show how to properly cock things up


Re: Backup always

I was at a small company that had a proper backup routine.

It didn’t help us when someone walked in and nicked the server as the director had left the backup tapes on top of the server so they took them as well….

Proposed collective action aims to take Apple to task over its 30% App Store cut on behalf of 20 million Brits



I buy Apple products. They keep me safe from crap.

You want to sell your junk, go Android but don’t try and ruin my products.

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it



It must be tue, he got an email from yourfriendatgchq@gmail.com telling him that.

If they use gmail then it’s good enough for him.

Lots of Nigerian princes use it to give me their money, they wouldn’t use it if it wasn’t safe.

If you can't log into Azure, Teams or Xbox Live right now: Microsoft cloud services in worldwide outage


I found this useful guide


Partial beer print horror as Microsoft's printer bug fix, er, doesn't


Re: ... might print as solid black/color boxes

But surely they are saving ink?

Apple's app transparency rules: Google's privacy labels for Chrome and Search on iOS highlighted by DuckDuckGo


Re: And that would be one reason why

None are as good as Google Maps which is pretty amasing.

SolarWinds just keeps getting worse: New strain of backdoor malware found in probe

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Re: "Investors should be wary of social media endorsements of investment opportunities"

Have you got a link to his account? I’m looking for some good investments.

Jailbreaking app gets update to support iOS 14.3 and iPhone 12



The legality of jailbreaking is not “fuzzier” in the UK. It is not, and never has been illegal.

I topped doing it many years ago as I find no need these days, but when the USA specifically said it was legal I wrote to my MP who confirmed there was no need for such a law in the UK as it was never illegal in the UK.

Backers of Planet Computers' Astro Slide 5G phone furious after shock specs downgrade


Re: A perennial crowd funding problem

I’ve learned the hard way, you would have thought I would have learned after the first time, but no, I’ve wasted money a few times. Never again.

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?


Simple answer.

Stick to iPhone.

Problem solved.

Microsoft warns against SMS, voice calls for multi-factor authentication: Try something that can't be SIM swapped


When you request a PAC it is sent to your phone so I don’t understand how someone else could request one without you knowing?

At least, that’s how it works in any civilised country.

Brit accused of spying on 772 people via webcam CCTV software tells court he'd end his life if extradited to US


Re: Team America: World Police

So you’d be happy for Chinese/American/Russian hackers to put ransomeware on your computer but not get prosecuted because they did it from their own country?

UK regulator Ofcom to ban carriers from selling locked handsets to make dumping clingy networks even easier


Price rises on their way then.

Phone companies sell phones locked to their networks and include the price spread over the 24 month contract, some people prefer it this way. If the phone is unlocked people will get the phone and use it with a cheap SIM and not pay their contract. The cost of recovering this money will have to be covered somehow.

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


Simple solution.

Ditch Android and go Apple.

Problem solved.

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



Provided you have iCloud turned on it is true. If you lose or replace your device, just log in on a new device and everything appears on your new device.

I replace my iPhone every 3-4 years and similar for my iPads.

I just take snaps but also store on OneDrive and Google photos just to be sure but iCloud is just basic functionality.

Maybe these people run out of iCloud space? In which case I would suggest they don’t place a very high value on their photos.

While what Adobe did is appalling and they deserve to pay for their mistake,I can’t help feeling the people complaining can’t really have valued their pics.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline


In the story did the boss not realise that the HD went off every time he was there? Did no one else?

Random times of day weren’t very random.

Twitter hackers busted 2FA to access accounts and then reset user passwords


Does anyone still use Twitter?

With a wave of Nokia's wand, behold as your 4G network magically becomes... 5G


So carriers can say they have 5G while not really offering anything better than existing 4G?

I’m sure the public will lap up their shiney be 5G phones.

I’ll wait until 5G delivers decent speed benefits.

Oh what a cute little animation... OH MY GOD. (Not acceptable, even in the '80s)


Iomega Zip drives - they weren’t exactly floppies but were often referred to as such and were popular for a brief period of time.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens


Re: The law would appear to be an ass ...

I buy Apple products because they work.

I have tried Android ald was appalled by how many options there were to do nearly what you want. I prefer to have something that I know will work without having to find something from some dodgy source that doesn’t quite do what you want and then find another app that is similar but with different features.

I can’t be arsed with the faff of android, I gave all that up with Windows mobile which, on paper, did everything the iPhone did when it came out.

YMMV but I’ll stick with Apple, thank you.

Coronavirus didn't hurt UK broadband speeds in March. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, on the other hand...


I don’t know where you are but I’ve never had a problem in the 10+ years I’ve been using Virgin.


Re: Yeah? What about upload speeds.

I’m still getting 35Mb +

My download speeds are restricted by my WiFi as I’m a couple of floors away from my router so I’m only getting 160 but that will do.

Outages batter UK's Virgin Media into wee hours as broadband failures spike 77% globally


My Virgin, broadband, tv and phone, all went down Monday evening but was back up by the time I rebooted.

I’m still very happy with their service. If someone else could provide 500Mb service I’d probably look at them, as it is, I’ll stick with Virgin. They have provided an excellent service, despite the increase in usage, the vast majority of the time.

Lords: New IR35 off-payroll tax rules 'riddled with problems, unfairnesses, unintended consequences'


Re: unintended consequences

I have plenty of lead in my pencil. My wife thinks ‘swinging the lead’ has a very different meaning....

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response



Why does everyone assume he meant COBOL? He clearly says Cobalt.

Any CAD designers out there that could help him?


Vietnam bans posting fake news online


Fake news

Maybe this is fake news?

'Azure appears to be full': UK punters complain of capacity issues on Microsoft's cloud



Look out of the windows folks.

The clouds have all disappeared. That is why people are having problems, we are not used to having no clouds in the UK.

In deepest darkest Surrey, an on-prem SAP system running 17-year-old software is about to die....


Outsourcing always saves money.

Bringing it back in house always saves money.

If you do both often enough, it pays for itself!

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them



I forgot my LastPass password a couple of years ago and never managed to get back into it.

My passwords are all in a note on my iPad which has more security than writing them in a notebook.

Biz forked out $115k to tout 'Time AI' crypto at Black Hat. Now it sues organizers because hackers heckled it


How much?

How much do you have to pay to get a good, positive hearing at Black Hat when selling Snake oil?

Asking for a friend.

Giffgaff goody-baddy-bag billing faff: Ofcom fines operator £1.4m for overcharging folks by almost £3m


Re: Overcharge by £2.8 million

Refunded most of their customers?

I, my wife and two children used to be with GiffGaff but left when they reduced our data allowance as they now did 4G.

Their 4G speeds were far lower than 3G speeds so I moved us all to providers who were cheaper and provided decent data speeds.

GiffGaff have made no attempt to contact us and I am sure there are plenty like us. So they’ve made a donation to charity for us? Aren’t we the lucky ones...

Code crash? Russian hackers? Nope. Good ol' broken fiber cables borked Google Cloud's networking today


A single point of failure? WTF?

Another TITSUP* on this lovely Tuesday: Virgin Mobile takes time out to enjoy the sunshine


I didn’t even notice, I had 4G access , maybe I was out of 2G for a while but it didn’t affect me.

I get 100Gb a month with unused from the previous month rolled over for £20/month at full speed 4G (normally 70-100Mbs) so I’ll stick with Virgin, not had a problem myself, if you have then feel free to find someone who suits your needs better.

Barnet Council reckons Capita's dropped the ball on outsourced services


Pong pong

Outsourcing saves millions. Everyone knows that.

Bringing it back saves millions. Everyone knows that.

Do it enough times and you will save enough s the service actually makes you money.

Replace one shower with another is far better than paying for the service you actually want. Cheaper is obviously better....

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe


I use Apple devices precisely because you can only buy from one place and you know the apps will work.

If you want a total mess, go Android. This case is farcical and should be thrown out immediately.

It's not you, it's EE ... again! Mobe network hit by 'PDP authentication failure' snafu


Re: Data costs

If use Giffgaff on my phone but for data only neither come near £20 for six months data.


Re: Data costs

£18/month is nearly what I pay every 6 months. How does £108 for six months compare to £20? I don't need calls and it's PAYG. Why would I pay £18/month rather than £20 /6 months? :confused:


Data costs

I was at Brooklands yesterday and couldn't access the Internet on 3G. It was a pain.

But if someone can tell me of another carrier that will provide me 6 months of data (limited to 1Gb /month) then I will certainly consider it, but I have yet to find anyone apart from T-mobils who can do this.

Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins


Oh dear

Oh god, we're going to get cars driving even slower? Round towns that's a good idea, I just hope these things are allowed nowhere near our motorways.

Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report


Maybe it's just me

I used to use an Ad blocker but now I dont.

For the first couple of days the adds annoyed me -now I really don't noti them.

Someone argued that they use bandwidth but that surely only relates to mobile devices and 1Gb/month is more than enough on my iPad and iPhone as I am on wifi most of the time.

If you have severely restricted bandwidth it might be worth blocking adds but otherwise they really are not that bad - most of the time.

I used to spend a lot of time tinkering to get things working but now can't be bothered.

I realise there are a lot of techies here that enjoy spending 90% of their waking hours trying to save themselves 5 minutes but I'm to old for that now.

I'd rather things just work, and the vast majority of the time they just do.

Finding out that Ad Block is basically just blackmail makes me realise how glad I am that I don't wor about it any more.


Apple in 2007: Who wants a stylus? Apple in 2010: We want a stylus!


I bought my daughter a Livescribe 3 for Christmas. I guess Apple will sue them if they get this patent....

Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year


I have an iPhone 5 and won't upgrade to a 6 because it is to big. What I want is a smaller phone, the 4 had the right size screen, the five is to big. How is one with the screen The size of the five a 'mini'? It is to big, give us a phone size phone, I have an iPad for a large screen.

It does remind me of Apple before Jobs returned though, too many products and not enough focus.