* Posts by Timmy B

956 posts • joined 30 Mar 2011

Page:

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

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Plastic construction

That's a serious note? Good grief that's a silly thing. Just carry a bag...

Yet another beefy BSOD spotted lurking within the walls of US patty pusher

Timmy B Silver badge

It's McDonalds surely its:

Burger Starved Of Deliciousness

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: I like it

""New" Edge or "Old" Edge?

I have always used FF"

I also used FF for the longest of time. Then I swapped to classic Edge and then to new Edge. New Edge is faster and the UI far less clunky than FF. When I say FF is clunky there is simply something a bit... mmm... laggy with it. It simply doesn't seem to respond as well as I would like. On Mac, Windows or Linux. New Edge, though.... a totally different, smooth, polished experience. Just try it - bin it if you don't like... but at least give it a go.

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: I wouldn't mind so much..

"since barely anyone seems to use Edge."

What I find funny is that the numbers of people that use edge on the desktop is about the same as those that use Linux as their desktop.... But you say "barely anyone uses Linux" and see what happens.....

Tor soups up onion sites with bountiful browser bump: No more tears trying to find the secure sites you want

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Totally couldn't get past the fact...

Clearly the exception that proves the rule!

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Totally couldn't get past the fact...

There is nothing I hate more than raw onion - even the red one (spring onions just slip past). So I refuse to let him off. When I see cooked cucumber I'll accept raw onion!

Timmy B Silver badge

Totally couldn't get past the fact...

That he is cutting up an onion with a bread knife....

BBC voice assistant promises to summon streams even if you're just a little bit Brahms and Liszt

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Reinventing the wheel with the licence fee?

"I'm not sure why the BBC feel the need to re-invent a wheel here using licence-payer's money?"

Exactly. I can do all the things they suggest and more using just Alexa and amazon devices.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Would never have happened in my day

You perhaps need to look at real world Buddhist violence. There are extremists in EVERY religion that take it too far.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

Timmy B Silver badge

Robust does not mean invulnerable. You can do all you can try and thus be robust but there could be things outside your control. What about an inside man - we all have our price. Nothing is perfect.

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Never store CC details

password1 ? Nine characters. Letters and numbers. Totally secure!

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: So near, yet so far

I think Boom does what you want. I've not tried but I came across it a while ago for some reason. Sucks that it's a paid thing but it's cheap. https://www.globaldelight.com/boom/

Microsoft puts dual-screen devices and Windows 10X in the too-hard basket

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: X like in Chrome...

My issue was with "can't run almost nothing locally"

That means: can run many things locally.

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: X like in Chrome...

"Expect a Windows which can't run almost nothing locally"

oooooh kaaaayyy - I'm sure that makes sense somewhere!

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Dual Screen Woes

Even MS can't get multiple screens to work right in applications that you would expect to run on PCs with them. As a test - try to restart a SQL server from SQL Server management studio if you have 3 screens. I get the first confirmation on one screen, the second on another and the admin request on the third! Priceless!

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

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: enabled?

"For nondevelopment purposes, you don't need those things and most users won't notice their absence, but devs would."

You've hit the nail on the head there... We are a way off iPads being developer machines. But the vast majority of laptop users aren't developers. Thus for the vast majority of people what an iPad with a keyboard and touchpad can do will be enough. I don't think that for developers and other high power uses they ever will - but ARM laptops - yes - that's happening.

April 2020 and – rest assured – your Windows PC can still be pwned by something so innocuous as an unruly font

Timmy B Silver badge

"No, it means that people are devoting more effort to finding and exploiting bugs."

Well people have stuff all to do at the moment... Oh hang on I'm guessing they wouldn't be the kind to spend that much time outdoors...

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: "Where does it say that on the official advice, or did you just make that one up?"

"Oh bore off. Source? How about the United States fucking government?"

You usually don't listen to them and spend all your time moaning about how much they upset you. Now they are your best friends? sigh...

Microsoft expands AI features in Office, but are they any good? Mixed, according to our vulture

Timmy B Silver badge

Does it detect irony?

"inclusivity and gender bias, age bias, wordiness, use of clichés,"

As checking for inclusivity and the rest are simply a cliche now!

The shelves may be empty, but the disk is full: Not even Linux can resist the bork at times

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: This can't be Linux

"Been a *very* long time since I’ve done any windows admin work, but I don’t recall it being so useful if you filled the disk and rebooted."

I did exactly that recently and actually Windows booted, limped very badly and let me address the issue. Win10 seems reasonably OK with it.

Think your smartwatch is good for warning of a heart attack? Turns out it's surprisingly easy to fool its AI

Timmy B Silver badge

"Only could be useful if you could get the data out of the unit in a usable form, and if that form was reasonably close to a known standard EKG output."

Totally agree - that's why I'll just keep an eye out and still never depend on it. The idea of an over-cautious alarm that goes off if my heart stops in the middle of the night for no reason does kind of appeal. Read up on BrS - it's a bit of a worry - there have been villages in SE Asia where multiple people have died overnight for no reason seemingly. It's these stories that inspired Wes Craven to write A Nightmare on Elm St.

Timmy B Silver badge

As someone with an anomalous heart condition (Brugada Syndrome - BrS - or sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome - scary, I know) I can say that I would never just rely on a cheap device sensing in an unreliable position. When I go for checkups the monitors they use are located on my chest and far more reliable. I will keep an eye out, though, as if the monitors do become more reliable I may go for one just as an added check. Perhaps, and it's a big perhaps, once could have saved my uncle who died as a result of BrS.

Morrisons puts non-essential tech changes on ice as panic-stricken shoppers strip stores

Timmy B Silver badge

Just Wash Hands....

A good hand washing with hot water and soap. That'll do it. Anything else is just being lazy.

I just don't get the panic. I really don't.

Sadly, the web has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'nothing is true; everything is permitted'

Timmy B Silver badge

I wonder what would happen if, in this case, you offered to pay the cash to the hotel reception?

"Oh, how terrible! Just let me know the name of the hotel, etc. and I'll send the cash to reception for you to pick up."

I figure at least you'll get some fun whilst they squirm and try to find a reason why that won't work...

More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: And in comparison...

"My phone is running KitKat, it's rooted with a firewall & privacy manager. The only game is chess. It's a utility phone for work and communications"

You're not really a typical user, though, are you? Most people with smart phones couldn't get away with just having a feature phone like it sounds like you could. They want to have a device that's partly, or if not wholly, for "fun" things. For them a phone is a lifestyle gizmo. You may look down on their frivolity but I think that if they have a fully patched and up to date phone they at least have some chance of being a little safer.

There are a whole slew of safety features and such in the newer versions of Android that perhaps you don't know about, too.

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: And in comparison...

"doing very well at 3, although there's no more OTA update for more than one year"

That's the whole point of the article. You are not patched for any issues for at least the last year. That's not great, really.

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

Timmy B Silver badge

Meanwhile at AMD

There are smiles aplenty I can imagine.

After 16 years of hype, graphene finally delivers on its promise – with a cosmetic face mask

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: I wonder how long it'll be before ...

"I said it was a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon. Which it very definitely is."

It very definitely is not. The "hydro" is missing. Graphene is just carbon atoms with no hydrogen.

Your phone wakes up. Its assistant starts reading out your text messages. To everyone around. You panic. How? Ultrasonic waves

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Could explain why

Ghosts...

David Ike...

The Elder Gods?

'Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing'... Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform

Timmy B Silver badge

" where Win32 had to be used to get expected behaviour"

That's pretty much normal. But I've had no wpf performance issues here.

Wi-Fi of more than a billion PCs, phones, gadgets can be snooped on. But you're using HTTPS, SSH, VPNs... right?

Timmy B Silver badge

We all should keep a link to this article...

For the next time our respective governments all tell us that only criminal types use a VPN....

Famed Apple analyst chances his Arm-based Macs that Apple kit will land next year

Timmy B Silver badge

Well you don't often see Apple following Microsoft

Moving to ARM like the Surface X and other new devices out soon and merging the tablet and desktop OS. What's next I wonder?

Just the place you'd want to spot a BSOD: While waiting in line for a roller coaster that lifts you up 124ft

Timmy B Silver badge

It'll just make it more exciting...

I remember going on a tired old wooden roller coaster in Weymouth some 30 years ago. It felt like it was going to fall apart on every corner. At the bottom of the final uphill bit the bloke managing the queue was stood there tightening bolts with a great big spanner as we went past! Most exciting fairground ride I've ever been on as there were actual thoughts of "I might actually die here"!

Hey, Brits. Your Google data is leaving the EU before you are: Hoard to be shipped from Ireland to US next month

Timmy B Silver badge

Is it about the money??

I wonder if we'll see more and more big IT companies leave the UK or strip down the UK presence to a bare minimum since the government keeps going on about taxing them more?

Microsoft crack habit reports: User claims Surface Laptop 3 screen fractured again after repair

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Seven hundred Quid?

"Naturally, it would be better if the thing wasn't so fragile, but now I'm just viewing it as £200 per year rental for a very smart device."

That's kind of what I figure Apple Care+ is - £250 for 2 years of "dammit fool - why did you go and do that" cover.

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Seven hundred Quid?

"One assumes it was free if the extended warranty was taken up, at least for the first instance of a cracked screen..."

With Apple Care+ you usually have to pay a small excess for claims of damage - probably about £50 odd for a screen but it varies so could be a bit more.

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Seven hundred Quid?

"What does Apple charge for their screens? It would be good to know."

Quick search seems to indicate it'll be about the same for a 15 inch MBP

Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything

Timmy B Silver badge

Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard 5000

Just a brilliant keyboard. Does everything it needs to do. Subtle ergonomics that have stopped any RSI I had (though that was generally caused by years of fencing rather than typing). The accompanying mouse is great. Neither are tiny but they are great and last forever. This one is going on 7 years old and just as good as new. (oh - ok the print on the left Ctrl key is rubbing off). Had to replace the mouse a month or so back as the rubber on the scroll wheel wore out. £70 for the 5050 new version including a mouse.

You wait - it'll break now

And it does nothing for my terrible typing!

Chrome 81 beta hooks browser up to Web NFC, augmented-reality features

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: (UI is my forte)

I see what you did there...

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: (UI is my forte)

"I'd hope you know all the W3C standards for accesiblity"

Knowing and getting people to enforce are totally different things!

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: It stopped being the browser long ago....

It's worth trying the new Edge. It's a bit like using Chrome of a few years ago. Not bad at all.

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: OH NO!

In many ways I agree. There is no excuse for some things and there is no reason that it can't be done better. (UI is my forte). For example I am constantly battling against the trend for grey text on web pages! Terrible to read for some people and if functionality isn't immediately obvious from design then that design has failed. For example on the Reg I can see the Most read section to my right. 3 of the 5 are teal in colour and two black. The teal looks more highlighted. Is that meant to draw my attention to them or to show I've clicked on them? (the latter is the case). In the "My posts" area there are 5 options. Only one of them makes any pretence of being a button (Log out) - why? You could argue that "Edit my details" is just as change making. And if it's to do with Log out leaving the page then why are the "Preview" and "Submit" buttons the same?

Sigh - I'll stop there before I get cross.....

Timmy B Silver badge

OH NO!

They've made all the NEW CONTROLS FLAT.

Bob's going to throw a wobbly!

It's a Bing thing: Microsoft drops plans to shove unloved search engine down throats of unsuspecting enterprises

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Questions II?

"Bing used to be a manufacturer of a fizzy drink available in East Kent (at least) in the latter half of the last century, notable for the swing metal, ceramic and rubber stopper used to close the bottle, if not for its taste."

I'm tempted to down vote you as you clearly did not use the proper UK English for fizzy drink: "Pop"

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Questions II?

"How do i make it go "Google"?"

Overheat a bowl of custard?

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Questions II?

"I've tried Big several times and the results just are not a relevant as Google; sorry but if what I'm looking for is on page four in Bing but page one in Google, guess which I'll use."

It's odd but I tend to find the opposite of that. Makes you wonder why. I wonder if, for example, two people searching for the same thing can get different results.

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Questions II?

I missed a "not" in that - "just not de rigueur here on the reg".... sigh...

Microsoft brings the pane: You'll be looking at Xamarin and React Native to design apps for dual-screen gizmos

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Not sure I see the point

"Just don't see the point of :the form factor over a 10 inch tablet."

It's half the size to carry around and possibly more robust.

B-but it doesn't get viruses! Not so, Apple fanbois: Mac malware is growing faster than nasties going for Windows

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: Technically...

"Malware is an all-encompassing term for any malicious software. A virus is malicious software, so a virus is malware. A trojan (software pretending it's something it isn't) is also malware."

All busses aren't red and all red things aren't busses.... You could possibly have a beneficial virus thus not malware and certainly you can have malware that isn't a virus.

Timmy B Silver badge

Re: It's an obvious target, no?

"Apple are notorious for letting their products fall out of security updates without telling anyone.."

Citation needed.... Honestly - I'm interested in what you have to back that up.

Page:

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY TECH NEWSLETTER

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020