* Posts by A. H. O. Thabeth

51 publicly visible posts • joined 23 May 2007


Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

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How long until "recruitment agents" start calling it Macos?

Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Is this a fiendishly clever plan?

Let us circulate the idea that we will jail people for 10 years; and then we can look "reasonable" when we only fine them £50,000 per violation.

Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

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Is this the same Kington who ships...

...one device to reviews and a cheaper slower device to its customers?

Hello Tosh, got a downrated 6TB spinner? Yes, for slower workloads

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Re: That's a lot of eggs for one basket...

Backup, backup and backup and if you are in doubt back up again.

Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Dan is the man!

Dan1980 said "To the article, his best point is about the TPP/TTIP treaties, which are exactly as he says..."

This is the really important story here. The TPP/TTIP treaties are looking to place corporations over and above democratically elected governments.

In the U.K. there will be a referendum on the E.U., but the people will be lead sleep walking in to the TPP/TTIP treaties; and the general media coverage of the TPP/TTIP treaties will act as a natural soporific!

Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Re: Low res?


When I were lad I had to carry round on of these; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compaq_Portable .

Seriously I did carry around one of these.

Tell the kids today and they won't believe you!

OS X search tool Spotlight runs roughshod over Mail privacy settings

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A rock and a hard place

Apple are caught between adding new features and making the old stuff work well.

IMHO I think that Apple have been too busy try to add new features and updating the GUI and have not given enough time to clean up things after them.

My favourite version of OS X was Snow Leopard; it was relatively small and fast. What it did; it did well.

I only moved from Snow Leopard when new apps that I wanted were only supported on more recent version of OS X; and then I moved from Snow Leopard to Mavericks just before Yosemite shipped because I wanted to last stable version of OS X.

I think that Apple needs a Snow Leopard moment again; i.e. clean out the crud and ensure what is there works.

Samsung revs flashy 1TB road warrior (then crawls away)

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Re: Smaller than a business card?

Isn't a micron a millionth of a metre?

City of London cops arrest 6 suspected to be Microsoft counterfeit ring

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£100k or £2Billion?

Number of arrest in under valuing the Post Office by £2,000,000,000? Answer: None.

Cost to each man, woman and child is £33 of the undervaluing the Post Office.

Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

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IT Angle

Made me smile

Arrive at work,

Turn on PC,

Grab two coffees form the vending machine,

http://regmedia.co.uk/2013/08/20/windowsnt_login.png ,

Start Visual C++,

work until hungry or time to go home.

One man and his computer; simpler times.

Happy days.

Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

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No suprise really

I was looking for an ISP for my new location and as I had used Be before I looked at what Be had to offer and was about to sign up when the news of the Sky deal broke. So now I just hotspot from my phone instead.

Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

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Re: True it's about batteries, but...

"It also shows that buying from Apple doesn't get you any better components than you would get from any other vendor."

These were batteries that the American electronics chain Best Buy had sourced from ATG and not Apple supplied batteries.

Hitchhikers' Guide was WRONG, Earth is not in a galactic backwater

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Miss you Douglas!

As Mr Douglas Adams stated

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space."

Microsoft ends Mac users' Windows Phone 8 misery

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Re: Surprising choice

I am writing this on a MacBook Pro; which is my main computer.

I have a HP ML115 running FreeNas, another HP ML115 running Windows 7, and a Dell PowerEdge 2900 which I plan to set up as another FreeNas Server.

A computer is a tool; and I try to use the "right" tool for the job.

Does this make me a Mac owner who is not a fanboy?

Schmidt: Microsoft will never be as cool as the Gang of Four

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Re: Something to hide?

Go on then Schmidt, release your company's internal accounts so you can be taxed fairly.

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I don't care about "cool";

what matters to me is "does it work well?".

Microsoft Surface priced up for Blighty

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Re: "full blown OS"

hplasm Said "Win8 blows, WinRT blows fully"

May be that should be "Win8 blows, WinRT blows RealTime"?

HP Envy 4-1010ea 14in Ultrabook review

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Re: I'm curious...

It is down to having the OS on an SSD.


MacBook Pro 13"

with i5@ 2.5GHz and an HD 2450

Envy 4-1010ea

with i3 @ 1.4GHz and as SSD 2743

MacBook Air 11"

with i5 @ 1.6GHz and an SSD 3446

So an SSD in the MacBook Pro would be far quicker.

I hope this helps.

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"I still want a full fat laptop with DVD player" I agree; well almost

I want the space for a DVD just so that can remove the DVD and replace it with an SSD. That way I get the speed of a good sized SSD and the storage of a good sized HD for speed. Any DVD content I need I can rip when it on the move; Rip once Copy many.

Top disk drive dog WD shakes off flood water, doubles its earnings

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Re: Given the "drive shortage" and the price hike - how could the not make a hugh profit.

Sorry about the the typo; yes it should have read:

Given the "drive shortage" and the price hike - how could they not make a huge profit.

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Given the "drive shortage" and the price hike - how could the not make a hugh profit.

End of story!

Vendors smack Thunderbolt punters with massive pricing markup

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Re: How much of that is royalties?

For that kind of cash one could builg a very fast FreeNas box.

Sony nosedives into $2.8bn loss as Hirai grabs controls

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Graham Wilson - I totally agree!

Years ago

if you wanted quality a radio one bought Sony,

if you wanted quality a Hi-Fi one bought Sony,

if you wanted quality a T.V. one bought Sony,

if you wanted quality a monitor one bought Sony,


Sony products were not cheap, buy it was worth paying the extra for the quality.

I still remember with great fondness my Walkman WM-D6C Pro. A truly great product, it was heavy and ate batteries, and it sounded wonderful.

What did Sony make afterwards?

The Mini-Disc, a potentially very fine format for its day limited by excessive copy protection.

Today I can not think a product category where I would want to buy a Sony product.

Realy realy sad.

Penguin chief: Linux must 'out fabulous' Apple's iPhone

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IT Angle

This is what we tend to forget

Apple is not a "magic" company, Apple's A4 processor is not significantly better than any other companies' processor, etc.

The significantly above average IT literate readers of The Register know this; but what we forget is that Apple gets the little things right. The "responsive as an iPhone" comment from Anonymous Coward @ 10th June 2010 13:16 GMT is a good example of this.

This is what matters to the 90% of the population, who are technologically illiterate. In the Jim Zemlin article, http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jun2010/tc2010069_622120.htm , he said

"... Providing a good user experience isn't paramount under the white lights of the data center.

In consumer electronics, it's a different story."

The average reader of The Register can probably jail-break an iPhone if he or she wished to do so, but the bulk of the population does not know what jail-breaking is and probably don't care.

Canon Powershot G11

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Thumb Up

It would be great to be able to shoot RAW remotely. Now you can.

CHDK is a firmware mod for cameras.

One of the things it provides for the Canon G7 is RAW shooting.


I hope you find this useful.

Toshiba MK6465GSX 640GB laptop hard drive

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Can't see Western Digital Scorpio Blue 640GB - Really

I bought one from yoyoTech a couple of weeks ago and it is now in my MacBook Pro.


They, yoyoTech, only have one left as I type this but this goes to show that they do exist in the wild.

Price:£100.97 inc VAT

Apple iPad to get OLED screen

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I agree with "Errr.... # By noboard" or to miss quote Brazil

"My speculations have speculations!"

Are Apple working on a tablet almost certainly, but we Apple release a tablet?

Mandy declares 'three strikes' war on illegal file sharers

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Two letters. Sounds simple enough.

Let us imagine this

Person A uses ISP1. Person A downloads "stuff" and gets a letter.

Person A switches to ISP2. Person A downloads "stuff" and gets another letter.

Is this the second letter for Person A?

Or this

Person A uses ISP1. Person A downloads "stuff" and gets two letters.

Person A switches to ISP2.

Would ISP1 have to tell ISP2 that Person A had been sent two letters?

Or this

Person A uses ISP1. Person A downloads "stuff" and gets two letters.

Person A switches to ISP2. A month passes.

Person A switches to ISP1. Do the "two letters" still apply? What about after six months, or a year or two years...

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Consumers needed to be educated...

"Mandy also said this morning that consumers needed to be educated about the “value of intellectual property rights” to change public perceptions about downloadable content."

Do the media companies need to be educated about the “value of intellectual property rights"?

Person A downloads a video or piece of music.

How much has the media company lost?

The full price of the retail item or the average retail price or the most discounted retail price or the rental price?

Would person A ever have bought or rented the item?

Apple plans turbocharged Mac Pro speedster

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Surely all the big players are in the doing the same.

From www.hardmac.com "According to one of our sources, Apple is finalizing the future Mac Pro models. They are currently testing the last evolution of Xeon CPU, known as Gulftown, that Intel only demoed a couple of times so far."

I would guess that HP are currently testing the last evolution of Xeon CPU.

I would guess that Dell are currently testing the last evolution of Xeon CPU.

I would guess that IBM are currently testing the last evolution of Xeon CPU.




UK Border Agency flip-flops on asylum seeker DNA tests

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I created at petition on the number10 site in the hope of ending this.

Link to petition http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/BorderAgency-DNA/

Link to original article http://blogs.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2009/09/border-agencys.html that alerted me to this

Link to Reddit post where we can hopefully raise the profile of this issue http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/9t9kr/petition_to_stop_the_border_agencys_dna_testing/

Link to Digg post http://digg.com/general_sciences/Scientists_Decry_Flawed_and_Horrifying_Nationality_Tests

PC tune-up software: does it really work?

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What we know...

is that just because a dialog box appears asking us to download and install software xxxxx, we do not have to say yes.

Most of the people reading the reg will think about what is about to be installed and make a sensible choice. Most people do not read the reg and they would not understand the articles anyway.

Most, if not all, Reg readers know that everything that gets installed will almost in variably slow the PC down.

I was asked to look at PC for my brother's in-law that was taking about an hour to boot. Yes I said AN HOUR. The owner clearly installed everything that had ever been offered. I am still cleaning it up. Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!

Disney sued over Pixar lamp 'copy'

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Could we bankrupt Disney(r) by

buy lots of these? Would this force Disney(r) have to pay Luxo a larger settlement?

Just a thought.

Ten of the best... iPhone beaters

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The last paragraph on the first page should have told me I did not need to read further...

...but I did read to the end.

The phrase "Our ratings are based on comparing iPhone-style features..." said it all.

I said very soon to a number of people after I bought my iPhone 2G.

If you want more and better features buy the Nokia N95/N96, or the Sony something.

If you want a phone that you will enjoy using buy the iPhone.

If the 400% increase in uploads from mobile handsets is true then once again usability scores over features. Those who have the iPhone will use more of the features that it has.

I have asked friends who have had Nokia N95 and 96, Blackberrys etc. "Do you ever use the internet on your phone?" and a common answer is "I tried it once."

Steve Jobs is not God!

Bill Gates is not the devil!

"Design is more than how it looks. Design is how it works."


Fifty Quid Bloke, meet Spotify's 14p man

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Honest question

Does anyone know where the original data for the chart, http://regmedia.co.uk/2008/06/25/wallet_share_large.jpg , comes from?

Many thanks


Acer intros 'pro' netbook

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Too much HD size?

"The Pro also comes with a 250GB hard drive to the regular 531's 160GB HDD, but how much storage space do you need in a netbook, for heaven's sake?"

How much HD space is too much?

Please do let me know.

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Call for heads to roll over failed spook IT system

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"The Life Cycle of a government IT Project" Updated

Between Step 1) and Step 2) there should be the step which is named

"Buy all the kit for a multi-year IT project in the first three months of the project"

Between Step 6) and Step 7) there should be the step which is named

"Sell all the kit that was bought for a multi-year IT project in the first three months of the project"

Apple slices retail staff as sales slide

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@ ffrankmccaffery

You are happy that people are losing their jobs?

Nice one FFrank!

Pirate Bay convictions are legally insignificant outside Sweden

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Is PirateBay down or is just me, or just my ISPs

See title

Prepare for Apple's self-resizing iPhone interface

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@ beattz

Patents sever a number of purposes; among them stopping other people doing it.

Many patents are filed, because a company has tried something but found a better idea. If you patent both ideas then the completion has to develop a third and more likely worse idea.

MS blames non-Redmond apps for security woes

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From Page 66 of the Report. Is the U.K. that bad?

Figure 42.

The 25 locations with the most computers cleaned by Microsoft anti-malware desktop products in 2H08

Country/Region------------------Computers Cleaned in 2H08

United States---------------------13,245,712


United Kingdom-------------------2,225,016

I have only shown the first three, because that is scary enough.

Slimline iPhone pictures unearthed

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Headphone socket?

See title

Intel showcases 'transformational' Nehalem

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@ Erik Aamot and the person who title his post "Knight Rider "

Apple Dual 4-Core as a base line (only because I am lazy and this was the quick selection)

Two 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors

6GB (six 1GB) memory

640GB hard drive

18x double-layer SuperDrive

NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB

DELL™ PowerEdge™ T610 (configured to match above, see notes)

Manufacture 1 U.K. Price £2,513.00 (ex VAT)

Manufacture 2 U.K. Price £2,499.00 (Inc VAT)

Which one is the over priced, "translucent hues" Mac?

I hope this helps.


Note 1 This can not be an exact match because the feature set is different,

e.g. the Dell can have 8x3.5" drive the Mac only 4, and

I could see an option for a graphics card for the dell.

Note 2 I didn't add a mouse or keyboard to the price of the dell, because I assume people would have these already.

Note 3 The Dell does include an O.S.

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@ Abdo

What an arse you are!

Your didn't include the Shipping cost.


Dell MacBook Air Adamo officially launched

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£99 for the DVD

The one for the MacBook Air only costs £64.


But what I really like are the options:-

"Get Started Support, 2 Months limited access to Presto for 2 queries [£49.00 or £2/month1]", and

"PC Installation setup"

By installation do they mean that they put it on your lap for you every time you change location?

The Mac OS 10.5.6 update saga continues

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@Jeffrey Nonken

Well said Sir! Well said!


Microsoft updates Mac Office 2008

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How to improve performance of Excel charts on the Mac

Use CrossOver, http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/ , and install Office 2000/2003/XP (i.e. the PC version).

CrossOver only uses one of the cores, but it is still so much faster than Office 2008 for the Mac at editing charts.

I hope this helps.


Is Apple readying a MacBook redesign?

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14 inch and 15. 6 inch

The orginal artical states that the screen size will be 14 inch and 15. 6 inch.

One of the things that makes me think that this is about the MacBook Pro line is that they have larger screens, 15" and 17", where as the MacBook line have 13" screens.

Four 1TB hard drives on test

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Seagate write speed for the first 50GB?


Am I the only one concerned about the Seagate write speed for the first 50GB?

Israel won't buy US laser cannons to defend borders

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Evidence please

"...simple unguided rockets developing from 1930s designs such as the old Soviet "Katyusha", often of Iranian manufacture nowadays.."

What is the evidence that these rockets are Iranian?